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Selma High graduate signs with Marion Military Institute

A former Selma High basketball signed a scholarship with Marion Military Institute.

Marselis Jones signed with MMI on Monday at Selma High Gymnasium.

The Tigers were the only school that offered Jones, who  averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists a game as a senior.

Jones made The Selma Times-Journal All Dallas County basketball team honorable mention.

“They were the only school that gave me an opportunity and I took it,” Jones said.

Selma High coach Darron Rembert said he’s glad that Jones received the chance to play at a military junior college.

“It’s a moment deserving for Marselis,” Rembert said. “He’s got great character and come into his own as a basketball player.”

MMI head coach Timothy Rodgers said the potential exists for Jones to shine on the JUCO level and beyond.

“He’s definitely a diamond in the rough,” Rodgers said. “A lot of people don’t know how good he can be. We’re getting a talented kid who comes from a great family and played at a great culture in Selma High School.”

Selma High Athletic Director Katasha Turner said she’s proud that Jones overcame adversity to chase his goals.

“Marselis Jones is a good kid who worked hard and never gave up,” Turner said.

Jones said he enjoyed playing at Selma High.

“I learned playing at Selma High  that nothing comes easy,” Jones said.