It would be wise to pay attention to 2022 Trenton Catholic (NJ) point guard Braxton Jones.
The 5-foot-11 guard currently has some Division I interest right now, with one program coming at him harder than others.
“Right now, the program with the strongest interest in me right is Holy Cross,” he said. “That’s one of the main schools that have been reaching out to me and also other coaches have asked for film.”
Jones attended the Holy Cross camp during his sophomore season and that’s when the interest started. He was suppose to visit the campus, take in a football game and hang out with the players, which could have led to an offer, but the pandemic took over.
And with no summer, coaches haven’t been able to see him play but the wait to see Jones will be well worth it for many reasons.
The Trenton Catholic guard will be stepping into a bigger role next season and colleges will have the opportunity to see his progress. So far, they like his game on both ends of the floor but mostly, his command of the point guard position.
“They like that I’m a leader and able to shoot the ball at a high level, and my court vision,” he said. “And being able to move with the ball very quickly to get to my spots easily.”
Jones has plenty of time before he’s headed off to college, so his development is a big priority right now. He’s been spending a lot of time in the gym during the last few months, and he’s been working on his offensive game.
“Most definitely shooting off the dribble,” he explained. “I had some of that this year but I want to improve on that and have that as a strong point. Also, pull ups and being able to get to the basket and finish with contact.”
With another high school season and an EYBL season next year, it’s only a matter of time before Jones breaks out. He’s been loyal to one program since the 7th grade in the PSA Cardinals (NY) and they are a program he will cherish forever.
“[PSA Cardinals] is my favorite program to ever play for. They treat me like family. It’s more than basketball when I play with them and I’ve been playing with them since 7th grade,” he said.
It’s more than basketball for Jones and the Cardinals program. Not only do they aid his development on the court, but also off the court.
“Conditioning is definitely the biggest part of PSA basketball, being family and being around each other,” Jones said. “Like I said before, it’s more than basketball. They treat me like family. It’s teamwork at all times. I can call them for problems going on the court or off the court. They are always there for me.”