Brevin Jones

It was supposed to be his redemption game and a breakout year.

And just like that, the year was over, quickly. St. Patrick's Brevin Jones went up to block a shot against Mason County in the first game of the season, hit the wall behind the basket at the Saints gym and heard a pop.

Jones suffered a season ending knee injury and would be out for the year, didn't even get through a half in the first game of the season.

"I've watched that film almost everyday and was like, 'What am I doing?'," Jones said. "I'm not going to make a dumb play like that again. Jumping three feet behind on a wide open layup in a crowded house, wanting a big block."

After playing at Mason County his first two seasons as a freshman and sophomore and things not working out, Jones transferred over to St. Patrick for a new opportunity. He was expected to play a big role for the Saints in his junior year, but that was derailed due to the injury.

Now enters the 2017-2018 season. Jones was cleared to play September 27, two days shy of 10 months from the injury. He's been able to give it full go at practice early on, whether he's at 100 percent yet or not.

"It's going to take three to five years to fully heal, but I feel 100 percent. Everyday it's feeling better and I feel better than the day before. Legs-wise, confidence-wise, jumping-wise. I honestly don't even think about it. If you think about it, it's going to hold you back. I can't let it hold me back, it's my senior season," Jones said.

And now enters Jones, a senior, still expected to take on a big role with the Saints, who have already suffered a big loss when leading scorer and rebounder from last season, Ben Swolsky went down with a knee injury over the summer and is expected to be sidelined until at least the middle part of January.

Jones, a six-foot-one combo guard, will be relied on to provide scoring, rebounding, grit and leadership for a team that will need all of it.

"He's a warrior man," Saints first-year coach Aaron Rigdon said. "He's worked so hard this summer. He's the one kid in my coaching career I have to tell to take it easy sometimes. He just goes hard. If it were me, I couldn't do what he's doing. He's made a quick comeback and worked really hard."

Even with the numbers Jones is expected to provide, he'll provide the intangibles to for a Saints team coming off an 8-23 season with not much expectations from the outsiders.

"He sets the mood for the team, he's the energy, he's the vocal leader," Rigdon said. "He's active and I'm hoping the guys follow his lead. He doesn't have a lot of experience, but will be one of the main cogs in what we do."

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He'll pair up with guards Baylen Bauer and Pat McKay to form a trio of guards that can bring the ball up the court at any given time or shoot the three at any given time, helping the Saints with their size disadvantage they'll see on a nightly basis.

Those three can help set the tone to groom the younger guys along like Jake Swolsky and Chandler Black, sophomores who saw extensive playing time as freshman.

"We've got a lot of potential with Chandler and Jake and Paul (Muehlbauer). I feel like we can open a lot of eyes this year," Jones said. "That's what excites me is we have a chance to get St. Patrick up and running. We're trying to change the culture. You see that district championship banner over there that says 1997, that's been 20 years. We want one of them hanging."

The first game he'll get his shot back? Mason County.

The Saints and Royals meet November 28.


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