West Harrison’s Jones hopes to get opportunity in March Madness

Jacksonville State guard Deshawn Jones
Jacksonville State guard Deshawn Jones Jacksonville State University

Guard Deshawn Jones has enjoyed Jacksonville State’s run to the NCAA Tournament.

The former West Harrison High and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College standout is a reserve for Jacksonville State, which faces second-seeded Louisville in the first round at 1:45 p.m. Friday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. CBS will televise the contest.

Jones has seen little action this season, playing in 17 games for the Ohio Valley Conference champions. In his first season with the Gamecocks, he’s averaging 1.2 points a game.

The lack of playing time hasn’t discouraged him. He was a double-digit scorer for the Hurricanes and Bulldogs, averaging more than 14 points a game at both schools.

“It’s all about patience and timing,” he said Thursday from Indianapolis. “I’m still working hard and competing every day. Everything happens for a reason. When my time comes, I’ll be ready.”

The 6-foot-3 Jones expected Jacksonville to make a run into March Madness.

“We prepare every game like it’s for the championship,” he said. “Even when I’m not playing, I feel that I’ve improved since I’ve been here.”

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones