By Shawn Wansley
Jones College Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Two Jones College basketball players have signed senior college scholarships.
Guard Tradavis Thompson is headed to Mississippi College and forward John Rawls has inked with William Carey University.
Thompson, a 6-foot-1 guard from Raymond, will be reunited with his coach from Jones, Randy Bolden. Bolden resigned last month to accept the head coaching position at MC.
"I feel like it's a better opportunity for me in life," Thompson said after a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Bobcat Football Fieldhouse. "I think Coach Bolden can get me where I need to go. It was a great experience for me at Jones with Coach Bolden and (assistant) Coach (Kelvin) Nixon. They put me in a spot to be successful."
Thompson led the Bobcats in scoring as a sophomore. He averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He started all 12 games this season and led the team in minutes played in averaging 38.2 minutes per contest. He shot 69 percent from the free throw line. He scored 22 points in wins over Mississippi Gulf Coast and Meridian this past season.
As a freshman, Thompson averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He scored a career-high 25 points as a freshman in a 67-52 win over LSU Eunice in the Region 23 Tournament.
Rawls, a 6-foot-7 forward from East Marion, averaged 5.5 points and 4.3 rebounds as a sophomore. He averaged 6.0 points and 5.6 rebounds as a freshman. He scored a career-high 17 points as a freshman vs. Hinds.
"The reason William Carey recruited me is because not only do they focus on the on the court stuff, they focus on the off the court stuff," Rawls said. "That's my main goal at this point is to focus on what I can handle off the court. It was great for me at Jones. I'm glad I had Coach Smiley (Nixon) and Coach Bolden to guide me outside of high school. They taught me a lot. They taught me how to be a leader."