AOTW: Charles Jones Junior

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The CSI Golden Eagles men's basketball team outscored their opponents over the weekend 231-181.

The Eagles offensive threat? Charles Jones Junior.

His 63 points over two games is why he is our featured athlete of the week.

Charles Jones Junior committed to taking his basketball talents from the College of Southern Idaho to the University of Utah in the PAC-12 in August.

"I just come out every day and I just play,” Chuck said.

Having the next step figured out only gave him one thing left to do...focus on the season ahead and that he has.

At the end of his freshman campaign Jones scored 385 points averaging 15.4 per game. Fast forward to present day, in 14 games he's scored 283 points and now averages 23.6 per game.

"So I'd say he's a lot better player this year than last year is last year he equated his success to how many points he scored. And this year he realizes there's going to be a lot of games where he's got scorers around him, and he's moving the ball better," said men’s basketball head coach Jared Phay.

In the Hilex Poly Invitational, Jones led the Golden Eagles offensively. Friday night he scored 36 points followed by 27 on Saturday.

"I just try to help the team as much as I can, even if it's just rebounding or assists. I know I'm not going to be leading the team every game in points but I just make sure to come and impact the game somehow,” Chuck said.

Off-season training and conditioning has pushed Chuck to bring his a-game every night in any capacity.

"I mean really this year I feel like he's actually a very good point guard. Last year Chuck and point guard never went together we didn't even think about it and that's where he's really grown as a player," Phay said.

Head coach Jared Phay recognizes his team is doing well but they're fiercest competition has yet to come, and its important the team plays at their best even against weaker opponents.

"Coach Phay teaches us all the time, don't ever play to someone else's level, play at the level we are capable of playing," Chuck said.

"The guys when they're playing hard they're having fun, and we should all be having fun," Phay said.

The taste of a national championship was only five points away last year and the team is determined to get after it now.

"No back steps. Just keep going forward,” Chuck said.

With a short turn around the team will be back in action Tuesday when they head to Treasure Valley Community College.



 
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