The ball is tossed in the air while the “crazies” heighten the anticipation of the crowd with their exuberance. At the center of the court waiting to jump for the tip was a Buffalo native with a big name, Joe Jones III. If you haven’t heard of him and you’re from Buffalo you’re probably not a basketball fan. No biggie except for Joe of course. He’s currently a freshman at Georgia State standing at 6’9” weighing 245 pounds.
The match up I’m talking bout was the Georgia State Panthers vs. the Duke Blue Devils last month. The Blue Devils are the #2 ranked team in the country containing possibly two lottery picks in the 2020 NBA draft. The Panthers are not currently ranked. So you can probably see where I’m going here. This would be a game biblically described as David versus Goliath. But for Joe Jones and the Panthers this was just another game. Their third of a young season. Joe would later tell me, “our team was really prepared.” That they were. At halftime the Duke Blue Devils were up by two. They would go on to win the game by 11 points.
But this story is one of an area young man who is continuing to work towards a goal. From a small middle school by the name of St. Augustine a.k.a. The NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo to The Park School and then Orangeville Prep. in Ontario, Canada. Joe says he believes this journey has been worth it. “There’s a purpose” to all of this. This is not just about basketball. The work he is putting in is for his family and for the one he will make in the future. All the workouts with his father. It’s completely been worth it Joe claims.
As someone with a little bit of knowledge of the work that Joe has put into being a student athlete this is for all you area kids out there reading this. If you do your school work and put the dedication into what ever the DREAM is that you have it can be achieved. By the time that this story is being written Joe Jones the Third had also played against Georgetown. The Panthers didn’t fair too well in that game either. And Mr. Jones was in foul trouble most of the game. On our phone interview he made the statement “I’m never satisfied. I know there’s a lot I can do better”. I believe he’s just begun to fight.