The first Division I scholarship offer went to Franklin Central (IN) point guard Javon Small a few days ago, while many other programs are showing interest.
Ball State reached out to the talented lead guard on the 1st of July, giving him an offer that was well overdue.
“You know, I was really just shocked and lost for words,” he said. “It was just a good feeling to finally get some recognition.”
Ball State was the first offer but Indianapolis, IPFW, Air Force, Wabash, IUPUI, Miami (OH), and a few others, are also following him as well.
In a stacked Marion County, Small, as a junior, still made the All-Marion County third team, the only junior to do so. He averaged around 16 points, five assist and two steals per game, and that kind of versatilty among the leader of the offense is what coaches have paid the most attention to.
“Just being able to be an all around point guard that can rebound because of my athleticism,” Small explained. “Being able to finish at the basket because of my athleticism and being able to mix my points with the jumper as well.”
To keep the opportunities coming for Small, he’s been working on just about every facet of his game. He’s also trying to get the mental side of the game down as well.
“Just being more confident in my shot,” he said. “I can do everything on the floor but if I can get that mindset that I can make every shot I take or don’t second guess my shot…that’s what I’m trying to improve now.”
“So not really skill wise but the mental part of the game and the mindset.”
Headed into his senior year, without having a summer, he has set out a few goals that can be attained with some hard work.
“I mean everyone wants to win a state title. So, that’s a team goal,” he said. “Individual…I just want to get my name out there more, be a Indiana All-Star and score my 1,000 point with only playing at Franklin Central for 2 and a half years.”