With April’s live recruiting period only a month away, RLH had the opportunity to catch up with one of the Atlanta Kings’ rising stars, Jermyle Jones. The 6’5 wing returns to the Kings after averaging 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in his first season. Jones is expected to have a breakout spring/summer with hopes of returning to Riverwood High School in Atlanta, GA with even more experience and college offers.
RLH: What was your most impressive game during your high school season?
JJ: It was against my parents’ former high school, Banneker HS in College Park GA. I went 6 for 6 in the second quarter and scored 12 straight points in a row. I finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks!
RLH: What about for your AAU Season?
JJ: It’s was my [final] AAU game last July, during the live period with the ATL Kings. The game was at the OnTheRadar Elite 32 tournament in Atlanta, GA. I finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 block. We fought hard all game but came up short!
RLH: If you had one player in the NBA who you would patent your game after, who would it be? Why?
JJ: Devin Booker Phoenix Suns. He is a pure shooter and scorer and [he] plays defense. I am a pure shooter as well; I love to shoot the three ball and the mid range jumper. I also enjoy playing defense, whether it’s guarding small quick guards or going against bigs at times. I love the Challenge!
RLH: Tell me about the college teams that have shown interest in you?
JJ: Murray State, East Tennessee State University, East Carolina, and a lot of D2 and D3 schools as well!
RLH: What are your goals for summer basketball?
JJ: To get better each and everyday! No Days Off. I am going to continue to work my tail off! If I’m not practicing with my AAU/HS team, I will be in the gym with my trainer who has shown me, for the last 4 years, the importance of hard work and dedication, and the importance of playing hard every time you step on the court! Effort!! Also, I pray i finally get my 1st official offer as well. I am a student athletic. I have a 3.9 grade point average, and a 25 ACT score. I am doing dual enrollment at Georgia State University as well! My goal is to play for an Ivy League school if possible or any college that’s wants me! I just want to play on a collegiate level! I love this game of basketball!
RLH: What tournaments are you looking forward to playing in?
JJ: All of them to be honest! Real Deal in the Rock in Little Rock, AR, Ontheradar, Sweet 16 in Atlanta GA, and the Addias Gaunlet.
RLH: Who was your toughest opponent last year? Toughest player to play against?
JJ: Team Carroll Adidas gauntlet Gold team out of Alabama. 2020 Jayden Stone from Team Carroll out of Alabama. He is a top 50 player in the 2020 class and a good one at that!
RLH: What is the biggest different between high school basketball and AAU?
JJ: High school ball is more about learning, team ball and the coach holds you more accountable. AAU ball you are able to play your true position and able to show your true talents and not be stuck in a box or on a string or afraid to make an mistake. [In AAU], you also get to play against some of the best players in the country!