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April 5, 2014

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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“Omaha was one of the first schools to look at him, and I think Jalen wanted to go a place where felt wanted,” Lawrence said. “The coaches were really caring about him, and one of the only home visits that we had were from Coaches (Tyler) Erwin and (head coach Derrin) Hansen.”

Lawrence believes that Jones can thrive at the collegiate level.

“It’s all basketball, all the time,” he said. “He’ll have all the necessities around him to make him a better basketball player, and as demanding as it is, I think Jalen can unquestionably handle it.”

Jones agreed.

“That’s what my focus is going to be 24/7 — to get better,” Jones said. “I’ll start eating better, hitting the weight room, and do whatever I can to make my skills more refined.

“Omaha is really growing, and it’s a nice place to live; I’m really excited to go,” Jones said.

Jones is expected to play the small forward position at Omaha. He will depart for Omaha in June.

Meanwhile, for the River Kings, Lawrence said things won’t change much in terms of scheme.

“We’re going to try and play even faster,” he said. “We’re a team who didn’t turn the ball over much last year, and we have some athletic kids, so if we can push it, we certainly will.”

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