Hello. My name is Kameron Jones. From birth, I was destined to be a basketball player. My parents took me every college basketball home game (local team) from the time I was a baby until high school sports prevented me from attending. My earliest memories and basically my whole life have been about playing basketball.
Playing in high school started off just as easy as when I was younger. I received the “All Offensive” award from my Freshman year. I easily started both Freshman and Junior Varsity. I even got to play a Varsity game that year. However, my Sophomore year proved to be a little more difficult. Last summer, I lost my number one fan, my grandfather right before the season started. Then, my grandmother lost her quick battle with cancer four months later during the season. Not seeing them in the stands cheering me on really affected me during the second half of the season. I went through a “shooting slump” because I wasn’t mentally focused. It was like I couldn’t shoot anymore. It forced me to improve in other areas like passing, rebounding, getting steals, and becoming a better teammate. I didn’t give up even when others suggested I should. I kept on working to get back on track and spent extra time in the gym and with my trainer. For the first time, I had to push through some personal adversity. Finally, I just had to give myself time to grieve and let basketball come back into my heart. I think it’s made me stronger. I’ve learned to play for my grandparents in my heart although they are not physically with me anymore. I feel like I’ve been through the worst thing mentally I could go through and since I survived, I can get through anything. I have learned that I am and can be much stronger if I put in the work.
I come from a family with high expectations for academics and it is my goal to carry on the tradition. Both my parents and my sister received the same academic scholarship to the same University. I am working hard in school to get an academic scholarship as well. School is very important to me. I finished the school year, last year, with a 4.0 and a cumulative 3.67 GPA. I am proud of that and so is my family. I look forward to showcasing my academics as well as my talent in basketball.