Trey Jones, the father of women’s basketball star Ava Jones from Iowa, died Thursday at the University of Louisville hospital, two days after being seriously injured along with two other members of the family after being hit by a vehicle. .
The news of his death was made public on Friday.
Ava Jones, an up-and-coming Kansas high school senior who verbally committed herself to Iowa on Sunday, along with her mother, Amy, remain in critical condition. Ava’s younger brother, Creek, was treated for minor injuries.
The family was in Louisville for the Run 4 The Roses girls’ basketball tournament, in which Jones played with her club team. They were hit when the vehicle drove up a sidewalk. The driver who hit them, Michael Hurley, was initially charged with four counts of first-degree assault and drink-driving. He told police that he had recently taken the drug Hydrocodone.
A murder charge was added after the death of Trey Jones.
Trey Jones, 42, was a teacher and track coach at Nickerson High School in Kansas, where Ava attends. Ava, a 6-foot-2 wing player, is number 83 on the ESPN HoopGurlz top 100 prospects list for the class of 2023. She averaged 20.8 points, 15.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists for last season. Nickerson High, wherever she was on the volleyball and track teams.
Jones initially campaigned for the state of Arizona, but reopened her recruiting after longtime Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne retired in March. Jones announced her dedication to Iowa on social media on Sunday. Because she has not signed with the Hawkeyes, the school was unable to comment on Jones’ condition, an Iowa spokesperson told ESPN.
However, Iowa assistant coach Jan Jensen posted on Instagram on Thursday that she and head coach Lisa Bluder had visited the family in the hospital.
Jones’ club team, Southwest Elite, won the championship in its class on Friday and dedicated it to the Jones family.