Bahamian high school basketball player Kai Jones was named to the 2019 National Preparatory School (NPS) Invitational All-Tournament Team, after the conclusion of the tournament at Rhode Island College, in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, last week.
In their only game of the tournament, Jones and his Brewster Academy Bobcats took down Thornlea Secondary School, 80-66. Jones led his team with 20 points.
The University of Texas Longhorns-bound big man had some help from teammate Jalen Lecque who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Terrence Clarke and Joel Brown added 12 points apiece. Rounding out the double figure scoring for the Bobcats was Zane Meeks with 11 points. Brown was also named to the all-tournament team.
During the tournament, Jones had a highlight play that went viral. He beat a defender at the free throw line then went up for a one-handed dunk on a defender who went up for a block. Jones posterized the defender on the play.
That win had put the Bobcats at 23 wins to go along with four losses on the season.
The 21st edition of the tournament ran from Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3, and featured over 35 of the top prep schools in the United States and also included teams from Canada, the Czech Republic and Sweden.
Over 1,000 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I players have played in the tournament. There are also a number of National Basketball Association (NBA) players who have played in the tournament.
Following that game, the Bobcats played their Lakes Region League rival, New Hampton School, on Friday evening on the road. They lost the game, 61-60, and their record fell to 23-5.
At the half, the Bobcats were down 31-24. They managed to make it a close game in the second half but the New Hampton Huskies were locked in.
Following that game, the Bobcats played Hoosac School in the Frank Monahan Basketball Showcase at the Bishop Brady High School in Concord, New Hampshire, yesterday. They were upset, falling 81-79 in another nail-biter.
That was the sixth loss for the Bobcats. They return home to play St. Thomas More School tomorrow night. This will be their first home game since a 71-69 loss to Northfield Mount Hermon School on Sunday, January 27.
The Bobcats hope to get back in the win column tomorrow night. Jones and his team have turned heads with their high volume highlight plays this season, and they look to continue the trend for the remainder of the season.
In October 2018, the high school center committed to playing for the Longhorns in the fall.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism