Adapting to life in a new city won’t be anything new to Navarre’s Zamir Jones when he heads to New England this fall to play basketball at Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts.
Jones, after all, once lived in a different country.
“I lived in Germany for four years when my dad was stationed over there, and it was a good experience for me,” Jones said.
Jones returned to the United States for the start of his sophomore year with the Raiders and getting used to the differences in the game took a little time.
“It’s a different style of basketball, a lot more aggressive, and some of the rules are different,” Jones said. I remember the first game back here I took three steps and was called for traveling. After a while, I got used to basketball here again.”
Jones, a forward, adapted well enough to earn a college scholarship from Eastern Nazarene, an NCAA Division III school in Quincy that competes in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. The Lions finished this past season with an 18-8 record and have won 18 or more games in each of the last four seasons.
“It’s a dream come true to get to play college basketball,” Jones said. “I’ve been playing the game since I was a kid. I’m looking forward to it.”
Navarre head coach Taf Bentley is thrilled to see Jones get a shot at playing at the next level.
“I’m very happy for Zamir,” Bentley said. “He had a great season and has worked hard for the opportunity. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do over the next four years.”
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