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Madison East senior Keonte Jones makes college choice for men's basketball

Madison East senior Keonte Jones makes college choice for men's basketball

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Madison East senior Keonte Jones announced Thursday on Twitter that he has committed to Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri, and plans to play men’s college basketball.

Jones, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward, helped lead Madison East to a WIAA Division 1 sectional final against Madison La Follette. However, that game wasn’t played because the WIAA canceled the rest of the boys tournament due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Madison East, coached by Matt Miota, finished 20-4 overall, including 16-2 in the Big Eight Conference. The Purgolders finished second in league play, one game behind conference champion La Follette.

Jones was a first-team selection on the all-conference team and was the Big Eight defensive player of the year.

Jones was a first-team selection on the Wisconsin State Journal 2019-20 All-Area boys basketball team.

Jones was a third-team choice on The Associated Press All-State team. He also was named the senior defensive player of the year by WisSports.net.

He averaged about 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots per game, and shot 58% from the field.

Jones had 22 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots in a 90-85 overtime victory over La Follette during the regular season — the Lancers’ only loss.

Jones had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in East’s 73-52 victory over Oconomowoc in a Division 1 sectional semifinal.

Jones tweeted: “First I would like to thank my family, friends and coaches for putting me in the position I’m in today. My 4 years at Madison East forever changed me for the better and I couldn’t have asked for more, although our senior season was cut short due to the pandemic. I know my brothers & I would’ve held that gold ball.

“I appreciate all the love and support and I thank all the coaches that came out to recruit me. After long conversations and thinking it over, I’ve decided I will be continuing my education and basketball career at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri. I’m very thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to show what I can bring to the table.”

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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