Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Siblings Matt, Jordan Jones give DeSoto boys, girls teams powerful scoring threats
DESOTO — To the casual observer, they are unconnected basketball entities.
Jordan Jones is a fiery, pass-first senior point guard for the DeSoto girls basketball team. Matt Jones is a deceptively placid junior sharp-shooter for the boys. They bear little resemblance to one another, and their last name is too generic to suggest a possible relation.
But Jordan and Matt are sister and brother. They honed their games on the same slab of concrete in the backyard (Jordan claims to have won the majority of the one-on-one battles) and still work together on fine-tuning.
With the ball, though, they are their own person, which is how they like things.
“I can’t have people come up to me and say, ‘you’re Matt Jones’ little sister,’” Jordan said.
“I don’t want to be ‘her little brother,’” Matt said.
Matt started playing basketball first. He was in the third grade, a self-described chubby kid who spent little time on the court and less time possessing the ball.
Jordan didn’t play any sports back then. She loved watching Matt play, though. She remembers one close game in particular when Matt, with team T.G., sank a clutch 3-pointer.
“The feeling he had, it was just like so powerful,” Jordan said. “He was just really happy. I wanted to get that feeling, too.”
Jordan started playing basketball soon after that and quickly developed. Unlike Matt, she was more of a natural. She gained the trust of her teammates, running the show with her fluid game and her demanding voice.
After inheriting knowledge from older teammates, such as Kelli Willingham, Jordan has led DeSoto for the last two seasons. As much as her athleticism helps, coach Larry Goad believes Jordan’s intelligence allows her to excel.
“If we need a play in a game,” Goad said, “whether it’s a steal, rebound or basket, she has a knack for coming up with those.”
Matt, who was also a talented football player, went through a growth spurt in middle school, and he worked for everything. The chubby kid had turned into a top player for the esteemed Texas Titans. At DeSoto, he made varsity as a freshman. In DeSoto’s last two playoff games last year, he scored 27 and 20 points, hinting at who he would become this season.
He hasn’t disappointed. He has scored 20-plus points nine times, and he craves the ball, the responsibility. Jordan noticed this added dimension in DeSoto’s Whataburger Tournament game against Flower Mound Marcus. Though DeSoto lost, Matt demanded the ball and attacked the basket constantly in the first half.
“Matthew had the will,” Jordan said.
When Matt and Jordan started playing long ago, their parents, Mark and Arolynn Jones, thought of basketball as an activity, that they could have success in high school and perhaps if everything went right, college. They didn’t expect this. In November, Jordan signed a letter of intent to play at Texas A&M. A couple of weeks later, Matt committed to play at Duke.
“Mark even now pinches himself,” Arolynn Jones said.
Jordan and Matt keep working, often together. On Monday morning, they made 300 jump shots and train with a private coach after many school practices. They love each other and will always want to spend time together. They’re just glad to have carved their own niches on the court.
Matt Jones, DeSoto
Notable: Rivals’ No. 28 prospect in the class of 2013
Jordan Jones, DeSoto
Notable: Averages 14.8 points and 6.7 assists, HoopGurlz’ No. 14 prospect in the class of 2012