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It’s been more than a month since David Jump took his last shot while wearing the orange and black of Williamstown High School. But that hasn’t stopped the accolades from rolling in for the basketball star.
Jump, who recently ended his high school career as one of the most decorated players in Williamstown history, was invited to play in the 4th Annual HLT Check Exchange Kentucky –Virginia All-Star Senior Game scheduled for April 26 at Pikeville High School.
The game, which will feature the top senior basketball players in Kentucky and Virginia, will include a 3-point contest which Jump is also expected to participate in.
“It’s a huge honor, especially coming from a small school like Williamstown,” said Jump. “To go out and play with the top players in the state makes it a great honor.”
Jump’s coach, Roger Harden, who played for Indiana in the Kentucky-Indiana All Star game during his high school days before a record-setting career at the University of Kentucky, echoed Jump’s statement.
“It’s a great honor for David,” said Harden. “It will be a nice experience to cap off his high school career. He will get to play with highly talented players against highly talented players. I’m very proud of him. Not very many players get to play on a Kentucky All-Star team.”
Jump, who scored 1,736 points during his career at Williamstown, ended the 2013-14 season as one of the top performing players in the Bluegrass. He averaged 27.5 points per game to rank third in the state and first in the 8th Region. His 4.2 3-pointers made per game ranked second in Kentucky.
Jump was also one of the most accurate free throw shooters in the state, hitting 191 of 232 shots for 82.3 percent.
But none of those numbers were ever important to Jump, who took more pride in the wins than he did the personal achievements.
“One thing about David, he is a very unselfish ball player,” said Harden. “David had to score in order for his team to be able to compete. David was not out there trying to be among the top scorers or anything like that. He was perfectly willing to do whatever it took for his team to win. David shot to win. He didn’t shoot to score.”
For Jump, who was also named to the All Region 8 team at the end of the season, it’s been business as usual for the player that can only be categorized as a gym rat.
“I have not put the ball down (since the season ended),” Jump said. “I’ve still got tons of goals to achieve so I have to keep working. If you want to play at the next level, you can’t put the ball down.”
Jump’s hopes and dreams of playing at the next level will get a boost from playing in the Kentucky-Virginia All Star Game with many college scouts expected to be in attendance. Jump hopes the extra exposure will get him more attention from the next level.
“It’s exciting,” said Jump about getting to play in front of the college scouts. “I just want to go out there and do my best and hope the college recruiters see what they like and give me a shot.”
While there’s no hint at this time where it will be, Jump will play college ball. For him, it’s about picking the right situation for success and happiness. But no matter where his next stop may be, Jump knows who deserves the credit for his success. It starts with his parents, of course, but does not stop there.
“This would not be happening for me if not for my coaches,” Jump said. “All the hard work they put in with me and helping me with exposure. It’s an honor for them to do that for me and I appreciate everything they’ve done for me.”
Jump said he expects to attend some camps before making his college decision.