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Six Jones College Bobcats sign with senior colleges

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Six Jones College Bobcats have signed senior college scholarships.

Ashton Campbell and Zandon Haralson are headed to William Carey University, Caleb McGill signed with the University of West Alabama, Jay Barnes inked with Southern Arkansas University, Daquarius Harris signed with Mississippi College and Decorian Payton signed with Delta State University.

“This is what it’s all about,” said Jones College head coach Newton Mealer. “Seeing them have a chance to play at the next level is special.”

Campbell, a 6-foot-1 guard from Forrest County AHS, played three years for the Bobcats and averaged 12.9 points per game. This past season Campbell scored 23 points in an 80-66 win over Hinds. He averaged 15.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2021-22. He was First-Team All-MACCC in 2020-21, averaging 14.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

Haralson, a 6-foot-5 guard from Center Hill, averaged 6.6 points per game in his only season with Jones. He scored a season’s best 16 points in a 95-86 loss to Coahoma. He made 32-of-67 shots from three-point range for 48 percent.

McGill, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward from Petal, averaged 13.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 2022-23 and earned All-MACCC honors. He 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 68-58 victory at Mississippi Delta. He had a season’s best 22 points in an 86-62 win over Northeast in the Region 23 Tournament. McGill shot 47 percent from the floor this past season. In his two years at Jones, he averaged 12.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Barnes, a 5-foot-11 guard from Oak Grove, played one year at Jones and led the team in assists with 5.2 per game. He averaged 11.3 points per game and made 73 percent of his free throws. He had 28 points in a 77-76 loss at East Mississippi. He had 20 points and 10 assists in an 80-67 win over Northeast, 10 assists in an 80-66 win over Hinds and 12 points and 10 assists in a 73-65 Region 23 semifinal win over East Mississippi.

Harris, a 6-foot-8 center out of Memphis, Tennessee, played one year for the Bobcats and led the team in blocked shots with 52. He had 18 points and five blocked shots in a 74-71 overtime win over ASU Mid-South and had 18 points and four blocked shots in a 103-57 win over Piney Woods Postgrad.

Payton, a 6-foot-6 forward out of Center Hill, played two seasons for Jones, averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He had a season’s best 21 points and nine rebounds in an 82-64 victory over Northwest. He had five steals in a 64-61 win over ASU Mid-South.

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