Edward Jones: Faith in the Game

Edward Jones, a student athlete from Long Branch, NJ, has overcome many obstacles when it comes to basketball. After graduating from Long Branch High School in 2014, Edward only played 2 games on the team, scoring 2 and 3 points respectively. Many students following graduation would have changed direction. However, Edward enrolled in Ocean County College, earned a roster spot, and never looked back.

Student-Athlete: Edward Jones

Additionally, Edward made the team but still did not play much initially. He went from 2 games his senior year of high school to 14 games with one start in college. “EJ” kept working on his craft and staying focused on his goals. In his second year, he played 25 games with 15 starts. Although Edward’s averages weren’t great, his stats show he worked hard when on the court. EJ graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Marketing. One might think after community college he would be ready to retire his jersey and pursue a career. However, Mr. Jones set his sights on future opportunities to continue as a student-athlete.

Delaware Valley University: Edward Jones

Subsequently, Edward gained acceptance to attend Delaware Valley University and join their basketball program this year. Delaware Valley competes in NCAA Division III and the MAC, known as one of the most competitive DIII conferences. After going from 2 high school games to securing a D3 program roster spot, Edward Jones continues to defy the odds through hard work.

In summary, Edward Jones has demonstrated inspirational perseverance in his basketball journey from high school benchwarmer to college athlete. He never gave up on his hoops dream.

Interview: Faith in the Game

I sat down with Edward and interviewed him regarding his experiences.

Blake: Now that you are at Delaware Valley, what are you plans of study?

Edward: I have my associates in marketing and now going for the bachelor’s in management.  Someday I want to start my own business.

Blake: Who are you most thankful for throughout your journey?

Edward: My father because he has always been there for me and one time when I wanted to quit, he didn’t allow it.  He told me to keep my faith and keep working hard, so I did.  Definitely want to thank my dad.

Blake: If you could send a message to a high school student athlete about their career what would it be?

Edward:  Keep working and don’t ever quit because it can all change in one year like it did for me.  Don’t ever get too high or too low when dealing with success or failure. In the classroom and the court.  Keep working.

Blake: Since basketball is your first love what do you like to do to relax?

Edward: I like to read and spend time with my friends.

Blake: What are you reading now?

Edward: Tuff Juice by Caron Butler.

Interview Continued

Blake:  Now that you’re playing in a division 3 program are there any differences you notice coming from community college?

Edward: Yes, most definitely!  The coaching staff makes sure we are always prepared, and you get treated alot better, it feels like people care about you and there are more options to assist in the classroom which im very happy about. And the gym is always open for us gym rats!

Blake: If you could talk to your senior self in high school, would you believe your present self that you’re playing DIII ball! IF not why?

Edward: Absolutely not! I thought I had no shot at playing at the next level and it was a dream at that point.  But I knew I loved the game a lot and my body wasn’t mature so i had to put in the work to get to where I am today.

Edward spent some time with Findaballer and was able to get himself in better shape and improve his skillset.  Check out a short video where he describes his experiences with us.  Thanks Edward!

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