MELBOURNE, FLA. – As the curtain falls on the early signing period for men’s basketball recruitment, the Panthers were able to sign one more player to the
Jake Jones, a 6’9, 205lb forward from Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia signed with coach Mims and the Florida Tech Basketball program earlier this week to
close out the early signing period.
Jones graduated from the top rugby high school in Australia but made his greatest achievement playing basketball for St. Josephs College H.S. In his senior
year, Jake averaged 19.3ppg, 14.3rpg, and shot 66% from the field. He was named captain as a junior and kept the honors through his senior year. He was
awarded The Best Defensive Player on the team and was selected to the GPS First team; Greater Public Schools First which is equivalent to the High School
All-American honors in his senior year.
Jake is currently attending Santa Fe CC in Gainesville, Fla. where he is a red shirt freshman concentrating on his academics and customizing himself to the
American culture and the Collegiate Basketball System. Since he is red shirting he is eligible to play for four years at Florida Tech.
“We are really excited he will be joining us at Florida Tech…at 6’9 and still growing, Jake gives us another quality young post player that can split time
at the forward and center positions…Jake will be an excellent fit at Florida Tech academically and athletically…with a back round in rugby, he is a
physical post player who is not afraid of contact and in the rugged SSC, his toughness will be a great attribute for us(Florida Tech),” coach Mims
commented on the young athlete.
“With three commitments in the early signing period and five seniors on the team and eleven returnees, we (Florida Tech) can be selective on filling the
teams’ missing position(s) for next year,” coach Mims closing comments about the signing period.