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His love for the game has never wavered.
So, it’s no surprise that Glenbrook South graduate Darius Jones is still going strong on the hardwood. The 6-foot-3 forward turned in an all-star season for Oakton Community College. He recently was named to the 2017-18 all-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference First Team.
Jones, who played for GBS coach Ben Widner, averaged 12.5 points this winter. He led the Owls in rebounds (9.4) and blocks (1.4).
“Darius is a versatile player whose ability to read the game grew as the season progressed,” said Oakton head coach Mik Reuter. “His ability to impact the game on both ends of the court improved dramatically each month.”
Jordan Irving (Maine East) and Jaelin Ferrell (Louisville, Kentucky) are received postseason accolades for the Owls.
Irving was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV Division II District 4 All-Region Second Team. He led the team in scoring (16.9). He also averaged 2.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
Ferrell was second team all-conference. He was the team’s second-leading scorer (15.9).
The Owls finished the regular season with a 10-20 record. Jones, Irving and Ferrell are all slated to return next season.
“We are excited for their continued growth in the future and can’t wait to see how they elevate our team next season,” Reuter said.