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EHS star player steps away from basketball court to focus on football

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Marcus Jones

EHS senior Marcus Jones was a star on both the football field and basketball court, but with football scholarship offers, Jones has decided to focus on improving as a football player before heading off to college.

Enterprise star football and basketball player Marcus Jones has decided to forgo the remainder of the basketball season as he prepares for his future college football career.

“Marcus was injured at the Jeff Davis game (on Dec. 13) and after decided not to return to the team,” Enterprise basketball Coach Alonzo Barkley said.

Jones – a two-star football recruit – is expected to sign with an FBS school on National Signing Day on Feb. 1 and is working hard to prepare himself for that next level.

“I decided to step away from basketball because I wanted to focus on football and get bigger and faster for the next level,” Jones said of his departure from the basketball team.

Jones was Enterprise’s leading scorer last season and started off this season by scoring 31 points in the season opener against Carroll.

Jones’ fellow cornerback, Darius Kearse, chose not to play basketball his senior season either to focus on football and the loss of two of the Wildcats has hampered the team but Barkley will not use either departure as an excuse for any struggles on the court.

“We’ve had some surprising personnel changes this season with some key players but we don’t make any excuses,” Barkley said. “We show up with the guys we have and strap up and play.”

Jones currently has scholarship offers from FBS programs like Purdue, Appalachian State, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy and Tulane.

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