After garneshing a number of post-season awards as a junior (Herald All-Scholastic, Catholic Conference All-Star, ESPN Boston All-State member), BC High's Jameilen Jones came into the 2012-2013 year as one of the top players in the MIAA. We caught up with him recently to discuss the season so far:
BH: Briefly comment on your team’s performance so far this season.
JJ: So far we are 4-1 and I feel like we can definitely improve in some areas. The beginning of our schedule is probably the toughest so I expect us to really get rolling as the season progresses.
BH: What were your personal and team goals at the start of the year?
JJ: Personally I wanted to overall be better than last year in every aspect of the game and become a better leader. I play because I love the game and I want to win and for that to happen I have to work. As a team we want to win our conference, which I feel is very possible, and win a state championship.
BH: What do you feel are the strengths and weaknesses of your game?
JJ: My strength is my versatility. I play both ends of the court, I can score on the break , in the half court set, and defend. I try not to think I have any weaknesses. To me its all about confidence..if you slack on anything it will show in your game. So I guess my weakness is consistency, I want to be more
consistent and show my versatility every time I step on the court.
BH: Tell our readers what it is like to play in the Catholic Conference.
JJ: The Catholic Conference is highly competitive. Catholic Memorial and St John's Prep have always been very good since I have been playing at BC High. CM is the toughest place to play because of the environment, every game is a dog fight, its never easy. Malden Catholic and Xaverian are teams that will fight to the end every game, so you cannot take them lightly.
BH: What do you love the most about playing basketball?
JJ:What I love most about basketball is the competitiveness and
the fact that it is a team sport. You learn to work with others and communicate to get the job done.
BH: What people have influenced you the most in your basketball
JJ: The people I grew up with at Wainwright Park, in Dorchester influenced me the most. They brought out my competitive spirit, I wanted to be better than all of them and now they are the same people supporting me in my high school career.
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