Father of Iowa women’s basketball recruit dies after being struck by car

Trey Jones, the father of Iowa basketball recruit Ava Jones, died Thursday at the University of Louisville Hospital, two days after she and two other family members were struck by a vehicle and seriously injured.

News of his death was released on Friday.

Ava Jones, a rising Kansas high school grad who made a verbal commitment to Iowa on Sunday, remains in critical condition along with her mother Amy. Ava’s younger brother Creek was treated for minor injuries.

The family was in Louisville for the Run 4 The Roses girls’ basketball tournament, where Jones played with her club team. They were caught as the vehicle drove onto a sidewalk. The driver who hit her, Michael Hurley, was initially charged with quadruple first-degree assault and driving under the influence. He told police 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 and field coach at Nickerson High School in Kansas, which Ava attends. Ava, a 6-foot-2 winger, is #83 on ESPN’s HoopGurlz list of the top 100 prospects for the Class of 2023. She averaged a 20.8 last season for Nickerson High, where she was Points, 15.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists on the volleyball and track teams.

Jones initially signed for Arizona State but resumed her recruitment after longtime Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne retired in March. Jones announced her commitment to Iowa on social media on Sunday. Because she didn’t sign with the Hawkeyes, the school couldn’t comment on Jones’ condition, an Iowa spokesman told ESPN.

However, Iowa assistant coach Jan Jensen posted on Instagram Thursday that she and head coach Lisa Bluder 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.

https://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/34214636/father-iowa-women-basketball-recruit-dies-being-struck-car Father of Iowa women’s basketball recruit dies after being struck by car

Emma Bowman

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