Greendale Martin Luther 2019 guard Xzavier Jones has. Long been a player many expected would eventually begin to draw NCAA Division I offers and his time has finally come.  A long, rangy 6’5, 175-pound talent working to transition over to the lead guard position, Jones has taken time to develop into the player he is today as he started as a youngster primarily playing inside. But over the years he has worked on his perimeter skills and blossomed as a guard.

He showcased those skills last weekend at the 2017 NY2LA Sports Futures Camp in Chicago, Ill., taking the ball to the bucket and breaking down defenders off the bounce. He consistently attacked the basket where he has the ability to play above the rim and make tough chances look easy. 

“Since I was little, everyone tried to play me as a big man,” Jones said. “But I’m more than that. This whole summer I’ve been working on my ball handling and my jump shot. I’m more of a combo guard. I get up and down. I have fun.”

Jones put together a big summer competing for Playground Elite and says the experience has helped his game blossom as he gears up for his junior season of high school ball.

“I had a good summer, had to be more of a leader,” he says. “I have some younger guys on my team. I had to be a general on the floor. I just transitioned to a point guard this year. And I’m excited. It’s a new role. There's more things I have to worry about now. It's not just myself. I'll have to have the ball and make calls and play hard.”

Jones currently holds offers from IUPUI, Bradley, St. Louis and Green Bay and has also drawn interest from a host of other programs as well, including Iowa, Nebraska, UNLV, Tulsa, Butler, UWM and Drake. UNLV recently visited his high school to watch a work out.

Jones says he is still continuing to work on his jump shot as he eyes a future in the college game.

“I need a jump shot as a point guard,” he says. “When I get to college, I need to have more to my game. The next level will be tough. I have to keep adding things so I can be hard to guard. I don’t want anyone to figure me out.”