Nederland’s Jones headed to John Brown

Published 10:17 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NEDERLAND — The early bird gets the scholarship.

Nederland senior Darrell Jones called the coach at John Brown University in northwest Arkansas at 5:30 a.m. during his recruiting visit and asked him to open the gym so he could shoot.

“No matter wherever you go, you always got to have the grind,” Jones said. “You always have to work hard wherever you go.”

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Fittingly, Jones signed his letter of intent with John Brown, an NAIA program, just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday … in Nederland’s Dog Dome, no less.

“He’s earned that,” Nederland coach Brian English said. “He can play there. He’s going to have a great career there and we look forward to seeing what he does this next chapter.”

Jones closed a stellar career with the Bulldogs this past season and won the Raymond Depwe Award for best point guard in Southeast Texas. His high school stats weren’t immediately available.

Jones had plenty of special visitors for his signing, including his family and recent John Brown guard Zach English, Brian’s son who graduated from Nederland in 2013. Zach was named All-Sooner Athletic Conference in 2017.

That connection to John Brown was an influence in Jones picking the school.

“Coach English, he really wanted me to go to John Brown,” Jones said. “He was like, it’s a great facility, great people there. Me, I really liked it. It’s like a brand new school, nice place.”

John Brown’s Golden Eagles finished 15-15 and reached the quarterfinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.

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About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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