Boyle's Jones will play golf, basketball at Campbellsville

May 21, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

Blake Jones loves playing golf. He loves playing basketball, too. And he loves the idea that he can continue to do both when he heads off to college.

The Boyle County senior will join both the basketball and golf teams at Campbellsville University, saying he believes that school gives him the best opportunities in the two sports.

Jones was expected to sign letters-of-intent today in the presence of coaches from both teams, something he said he didn't think was possible a year ago.

"I love basketball, but I thought my only way to go to college was to play golf," Jones said. "I was almost set to go to Northern (Kentucky) and play golf.


"But I started off the (basketball) season real good and kept it going and had a good year, and that gave me the idea that I could play. The surprise is that it worked out as good as it did. I've been looking since the beginning of the year."

Jones said he considered attending Asbury and Cumberland, two other schools willing to let him try two sports, before deciding on Campbellsville.

"It worked out that was the best place where I could do both," he said.

Jones' best successes throughout most of his high school days came on the golf course. He made two state tournament appearances, tying for 50th place as a junior and tying for 52nd place last season.

He became an impact player in basketball in his senior season, leading Boyle in scoring. He averaged 14.1 points and 3.8 rebounds and earning a spot on The Advocate-Messenger All-Area first team.

Considering a double major in business management and education

Jones said he knows it won't be easy to devote his time and energy to two sports, especially since he's considering a double major in business management and education.

"If I can do them both, I'll do them both, but if not I'll see which one I have the most success in and go from there," he said.

He said he'll probably play on Campbellsville's junior varsity basketball team in hopes of improving and earning more varsity minutes.

He said it will probably be easier for him to make an immediate impact in golf.

"As far as I know, I'll probably be higher on the golf team than the basketball team," he said.

Jones will graduate with a grade-point average of about 3.6 and has earned several academic scholarships.

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