The thrill is gone: Swan song for one of the best

Posted: March 23, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

GRAND BLANC, Michigan — It happens every year, but this felt a little different.

Being a fan of the high school game, it’s easy to get attached to certain players. Very often I’ve found myself going to games for the sole purpose of watching that one, special kid. And when they’re done, it can be bittersweet.

Arthur Hill’s Maurice Jones is a once-in-a-decade kind of player. Much like Brad Redford before him, Jones can do things with a basketball that I’ve never seen anyone do. What Redford was to shooting, Maurice Jones is to ballhandling. Because of Jones, I have to be more careful dubbing any player “unguardable” — he’s the standard bearer.

Tonight, in a five-point loss to Ann Arbor Huron, Jones did what he’s done since he first stepped on a varsity basketball court as a freshman: he put on a show. The USC commit scored 32 points with seven steals, six rebounds and four assists.

Unfortunately for Arthur Hill, it wasn’t enough.

Up 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Lumberjacks failed to put the game away. On at least three possessions in the final quarter alone, Jones set up teammates for easy baskets that were not converted. They missed free throws down the stretch and, down only one with less than two minutes remaining, inexplicably allowed Huron to run 40-45 seconds off the clock. The ‘Jacks had two fouls to give before hitting the double bonus.

Jones missed a pair of shots in the final minute before sophomore forward Jordan Hare fouled out on an obvious intentional foul that cost his team what little hope it had of making a comeback.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the strong play of senior forward Tyler Dwyer. As always, he was a workhorse down low. I had him for 12 rebounds. Hare, despite his snafus at the end of the game, had 10 rebounds and at least three blocks.

— Jared Field

  1. Jared Field says:

    Huron’s junior Dante Williams had an absolutely sick dunk in transition in the first half.

  2. Dantana says:

    I had the pleasure of watching Maurice play close to a dozen times throughout his career and he never failed to disappoint, win or lose. He’s been an exceptional ballhandler since his early days as a frosh, but you could see how he grew as a scorer and leader over his final three seasons. How he makes some of those shots going against guys a foot taller than him, I’ll never know.

    I wish Mo Jo the best of luck at USC next year. I’ll be sure to tune into a few of their games to see how he’s doing.

  3. Jared Field says:

    He made a shot last night in the second half that had everyone in the place shaking their heads.

  4. It Ain't Right says:

    Jones was a stud and I can’t wait to see him at USC. AA Huron’s best players are juniors so i wouldn’t be surprise if they make it back to the bres again next year. I gotta think that Dante Williams is a D-1 prospect, but I never heard of him until yesterday… Jared do you kno anything about this kid?

  5. Swagg says:

    Jones is a Legend in the Saginaw Area. He has been packing gyms since his elmentary days. Hope the best for him at USC!

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