By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Bryan College Head Coach Don Rekoske made the trip from Dayton to Munford for two special reasons.
In the Munford Gymnasium, Rekoske brought a pair of letters of intent for graduating seniors Queyon Mills and Alex Jones. Rekoske snatched up a point guard in Mills and a combo guard in Jones in mid-May.
The duo became Ryan Ross’ first signees as Munford head coach. Ross took over the Cougar program last summer and entrusted seniors like Mills and Jones with the transition position.
“I’m extremely thankful for them and the leadership they brought,” Ross said. “They really started the culture buy-in that we have with the guys. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have had it. It starts with your senior leaders. If they don’t buy in, nobody buys in.”
Ross describes Mills as a true point guard who can get other players involved while hitting a consistent shot. Then the Coach noted Jones has only touch on his potential has a shooting guard/small forward type.
Rekoske said both players have a chance to be starters in his program in the near future. The veteran coach has been with Bryan College for 12 years and almost 30 years of college coaching experience.
Mills said a chance to play for an established coach like Rekoske can lead to “bigger and better things.”
Jones was glad the recruiting process involved his teammate Milles.
“It started about a couple weeks ago,” he recalled. “Coach called us and things went well and I felt a connection.”
Mills and Jones are scheduled to be roommates. Mills said he will continue to use the encouragement of Jones and his family like Dwana and Lamont Sneed, Oberia Malone, Whitney Malone, Precious Mills, Oliver Malone and others to push him.
“They have always been my motivation out there,” he said.
Ross said whether it was Mills’ family that pushed him or Jones’ family like his father Parish or uncle the legendary Munford grad Johnnie Jones, the duo made a footprint in the recruiting world after the holidays.
“They really took off once the season started,” he said. “Especially after Christmas, both of them took their games to a different level. Both are extremely competitive guys. So I have no doubts they’ll be very successful.”
Rekoske knows success during his 19-year head coaching career on the college level. He has more than 400 wins including 5 years at the high school level. His teams have finished in the top half of the conference in each of the past 6 years, which included a conference championship, a second and third place finish in those 6 seasons.
Ross said his graduates will help Rekoske reach another level of success.
“Que, he’s more of a true point guard,” he noted. “It’s his ability to shoot the basketball. He can really shoot it and he’s quick as lightning. Then we talk about being ultra competitive. That’s him. He was the most competitive kid we had this year.”
Most basketball minds say Jones has only tapped into his potential.
“Versatility, he can play a number of positions,” Ross said. “And he can guard a number of positions. That makes him very attractive to college coaches. He can score the basketball and has a very high motor. He can score around the rim and he can step out and shoot it a little bit.
“There’s nothing he can’t do,” he added. “This was his first year of American basketball, so he can only get better. His ceiling he’s not even close to it yet.”
Ross said the day was made more special because his first signing at Munford involved two players.
“I hope it shows people we work really hard for our kids,” he concluded. “That’s what it is all about. If they want that opportunity and work hard for it, we’re going to do everything we can to help give them that opportunity and that chance to play. Those guys would have gotten somewhere without me. They are great players and even better people. I’m just excited for them.”