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MORGANTOWN -

Former West Virginia University basketball star Kevin Jones is on the verge of realizing his childhood dream of playing in the NBA. Jones is busy traveling all over the country to workout for NBA teams.

A few months ago he was trying to lead a very young team to a successful run in the NCAA tournament. That young team looked young in its first tournament game and lost to Gonzaga in Pittsburgh. That left a sour taste in the mouths of the Mountaineers. Jones and the other senior on the team, Truck Bryant, instantly began thinking about the next chapter in their lives. The rest of the team was going to have to begin offseason training.

One big difference between freshmen and sophomores is knowing what to expect in the college game. Experience includes not only familiarity with the college level, but what it takes to succeed at that level.

Jones is using the WVU basketball practice facility as his home base while working out for NBA teams. He said he frequently sees the younger Mountaineers working out and trying to get better.

"Everybody has been in the gym working out really hard," Jones stated. "The fact that they have a practice facility now that they can be in 24/7, they are definitely taking full advantage of it. I see a lot of people getting better. It is still early in the summer and I think they will gel well as a team once the new freshmen get in here."

Jones brought a strong work ethic with him to Morgantown as a freshman and continued to work extremely hard throughout his college career to leave as one of the best players in school history. Head Coach Bob Huggins hoped the younger players were watching Jones and noticing how hard they would have to work to find success at this level.

"They showed a lot of work ethic last year, but we were just a young group," Jones said. "At times, they didn't know how to handle certain situations because they had never been through it before. I tried to help them out as much as possible, but at the end of the day we were still kind of young. Just learning from those experiences, those guys are going to come into the season ready to play and ready to know what to expect."

KJ rarely takes a day off and spends countless hours in the practice facility trying to improve before his next NBA workout. His former teammates want to be in his shoes when their college careers are over. As a result, they are definitely watching him now.

"They ask me certain questions like, how was the workouts?" Jones said. "What kind of things did you guys do? How was the travel and stuff like that? I try to help them out as much as possible. I am still kind of new to the process."

The process continues for Jones who just worked out for the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. He will visit the Miami Heat on Monday before returning to Chicago for the NBA Pre-Draft Combine from June 6-10.

The process also continues for the young Mountaineers who will keep hitting the weights and using the new practice facility to their benefit. The new freshmen, Terry Henderson, Eron Harris and Elijah Macon, will arrive in the near future and begin gelling with their new teammates during open gym.

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