By Molly Seales
On Monday, January 25, Impact Sports posted on its Facebook page its player of the week saying, “Male Player of the Week goes to Point Guard Ty Jones Junior from Riverdale Academy. Ty averaged 20.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists with only 2 turnovers across 2 games last week. The Rebels finished 3rd in Class A last year and are currently 10-1! They are ranked #2 in the Coach’s Poll and are looking forward to BLUE SATURDAY.
Congratulations and good luck to you and your team‼!
Ty Jones, known as Bones to many of the people at Riverdale, is a great teammate and leader. He is the son of Tyler Jones and Julie Jones, and his grandparents are Tommy Glen and Millie Jones. He has an older brother Tristan, a younger brother Will, and a younger sister Mary Claire, who all play basketball. It’s a family tradition!
When I asked Bones what he thought about this award he told me, “It’s a pretty cool accomplishment to be Impact Sports player of the week. It’s nice to have a reminder every now and then that the hard work you’re putting in on the court is paying off.”
I also asked Ty “Bones” what he thought about state coming up. He said, “I think we have a really good shot this year at winning it all. We have been putting in the work all year long, and we hope to see it pay off.”
Coach Ty Hester told me, “Ty is obviously a great player and he does a great job for us. I could go on and on about the specific things he does well with the ball in his hands, but what I appreciate the most about Ty is his competitiveness.” He went on to say, “I know he’s excited about this award, but Ty just wants to win. He approaches every game with a ton of confidence and holds himself to a such a high standard. I think it rubs off on our entire group.”
Ty has been playing the game of basketball since he was old enough to walk and dribble and already received many awards in his basketball career. His most recent awards include the following:
- 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade JV District Championship team
- 7th and 8th Grade Class A State Championship team
- 8th Grade 2nd Team All District
- 8th Grade Class A State All-Tournament Team
- 9th Grade 1st Team All District
- 10th Grade 1st Team All District at St. Mary’s
- In 2020 Made it to Class A Division 4 State Semi Finals at St. Mary’s
- AAU Ball Louisiana Select Team Paul Millsap
- 9th Grade Washington DC Big Shots Tournament 15 and Under Champs
Ty not only exceeds on the court but also off of it. He maintains an A average and is enrolled in numerus dual enrollment classes. His leadership extends past any sport he plays; around the school you can see him interacting with the younger students at Riverdale teaching them what it means to be a leader and a Riverdale Rebel. It is safe to say that from the little guys on campus, teammates, faculty, and all of Riverdale fans, “We are proud of you, and we can’t wait to see where all of your accomplishments take you!”