Athlete of the Week: Justin Jones

Justin Jones has been swinging for the fences and running the bases since he was two years old and has gotten to be pretty good at it.

Coach Jason Brett says, "He's kind of our spark plug. He kind of gets things going and solidifies our infield in the middle."

One of 6 seniors on the squad, Justin is helping lead his team to their first Final Four appearance in the school's history, and has been doing so for the past 2 years.

"We actually had to slide his brother to third so he could play shortstop for us as a sophomore, and he's just been solid. That's the thing with him is he's just consistent. You know he is going to come ready to play every day. He's a really decent infielder and has a very good approach at the plate, very solid and a tough out," says Coach Brett.

Next year, Jones will be playing infield for Georgia state, a dream come true for the Little League World Series all-star. But it's his teammates that makes him love the game the most.

Justin says, "I like the entire team feeling. I think baseball creates a bond that you don't get to create with many people in your life. This game brings people closer together than any other thing that I experienced. I think the bonds I created with my teammates are very special."

He bats leadoff and is an even bigger leader away from the diamond as a student, all qualities that make him an excellent candidate for our 'Athlete of the Week.'

"It's really difficult to be the student athlete, but I thank my parents for that cause they are always there for me. But grades are crucial, if you want to play at the next level," says Jones.

"Guys always listen to him and he plays the game hard like it needs to be played," Coach Brett says.


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