Those of you who are Western Lacrosse Association fans and have been following the Prospects Reports may well be asking, “Where the heck is Scott Jones?” Fair enough. He’s been absent from the reports so far, but he’s here now and in a big way. The big, 24-year-old righty forward is making a splash in the WLA and should make another come September when the National Lacrosse League teams gather for the 2014 NLL Entry Draft. As in, potential top half of the first round splash at the draft.
There’s good reason for the love Jones is getting from talent evaluators. He’s a 6′4”, 200-pounder with plenty of talent. Last year he was second on the Burnaby Lakers in scoring behind Dane Stevens, the same position he holds down so far this year. But last year he averaged exactly 3 points per game (17/37/54 in 18 games). This summer he’s stepped it up to almost 4 points per contest (19/24/43) and has already topped his goal total from 2012.
A knack for scoring is enough to earn you some floor time, but there’s a lot more to Jones’ game than that. As astute WLA observer and IL Indoor contributor Teddy Jenner says, “He’s big, athletic and disciplined—he has 2 pims all year. Not afraid to set big picks and get to the front of the net, but more importantly he gets into the corners and finds the ball.”
Jenner adds that Jones has “a great head on his shoulders, an incredible work ethic on the floor and is a very unselfish player.” So to sum up: athletic, talented, hard-working and a good team player. What’s not to like?
If you want a bit of perspective into how Jones’ scoring this summer stacks up, here’s an interesting tidbit. He’s currently tied for 8th place in the WLA list with three other players. Those players are Scott Ranger, Jeff Shattler and Athan Iannucci. That’s pretty good company for a young player to be keeping. The multiple facets of his game should ensure that Jones is keeping company with plenty of other NLL players come January of 2014.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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