As one of the state’s top unsigned high school basketball players, Xzavier Jones hopes to parlay a strong senior season into some scholarship offers from NCAA Division I programs.
So far, so good for the 6-foot-5 guard/forward from Martin Luther High School in Greendale.
Through four games, Jones is leading the unbeaten Spartans in scoring (19.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg) while also ranking among the team leaders in assists (3.2 apg).
He has played some of the best basketball of his prep career in helping Martin Luther to impressive victories over East Troy (73-68), Milwaukee Washington (69-66), Kenosha St. Joseph (89-50) and Racine St. Catherine’s (78-75).
In the victory over highly regarded Milwaukee Washington, Jones finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds as Martin Luther nipped last year’s WIAA Division 2 state runner-up.
He broke the all-time scoring record in a Metro Classic Conference win over St. Joseph and then went off for a career-high 28 points while adding 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in the exciting victory over league-rival St. Catherine’s last Saturday.
Jones has scored 965 points in his four years of high school basketball and is a team leader for a very good team that also includes top-ranked seniors Trequan Carrington and Ace Evans, among others.
“It’s hard to describe how different Xzavier’s been from last year,” Martin Luther coach Paul Wollersheim said. “It’s just night and day. He’s so much more mature and not trying to do too much. There is way less dribbling and much more efficiency.”
Martin Luther will need additional strong performances from Jones and his teammates going forward as the Spartans have extremely difficult non-league games against Waupun (Dec. 18), Brookfield Central (Dec. 27) and Brookfield East (Dec. 29) yet this month.