Tyus Jones, shown here representing Apple Valley in the 2013 boys’ basketball state tournament, recently started his fourth NBA season as a 6’2” point guard for the Timberwolves.
If the Islanders keep up this pace, the cheer team will continue to get their exercise in and then some.
Jett’s name is not unfamiliar in Minnesota prep circles. After starring in both football and basketball during his freshman and sophomore year at St. Agnes High School, he transferred to St. Bernard’s and decided to focus on basketball.
“The media focuses on football and basketball at the pre and collegiate level,” said White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball and a former high school basketball and football official and baseball umpire. “There are African Americans excelling in baseball, too.”
Local ninth-grade basketball talents Trejuan Holloman and Prince Aligbe served notice that the state of Minnesota has talent worthy of national recognition after earning All-American honors at the CP3 Rising Stars Camp held in Greensboro, NC last week.
Grace, Jackson, Riley and Jones have more than made their mark in this state. At the state track meet, held at Hamline University two months ago, Grace took second- and third-place honors in the 200 and 100 respectively in Class A competition.
But, the highlight of the weekend for me came near the end of the WNBA FIT Clinic when England’s five-year-old son Ahmir Crump put on a dribbling display that mesmerized the onlookers in attendance.
Marlon McCoy started at shooting guard for four years, leading St. Agnes to the 1994 Class A state championship while earning all-conference, all-metro, and all-state honors. He was among five finalists for Mr. Basketball his senior year.