Seventeen-year-old Ava Jones is a profile in nerve. The high school basketball standout and Iowa hire from Nickerson, Kansas has actually remained in the procedure of extreme healing after suffering an offensive catastrophe back in July. While on a journey to Louisville, Kentucky for a basketball competition, Ava, her moms and dads, and her more youthful bro were strolling along the pathway when a vehicle leapt the curb and struck them. It later on ended up that the chauffeur suffered from taking hydrocodone prior to supporting the wheel.
Ava’s dad, Trey, was eliminated, her mom, Amy, suffered major injuries, and her bro, Creek, suffered small injuries. Ava suffered a distressing brain injury, torn ligaments in both knees and a shoulder injury. Both she and her mom invested months recuperating at the Frazier Rehabilitation Institute in Louisville prior to returning house to Nickerson in late August.
After going through several surgical treatments, Ava had the ability to stroll once again and restore her speech. She has actually been recuperating much better than the majority of had actually anticipated. She is still in requirement of surgical treatment on her knees and shoulder. Many had actually anticipated that her basketball profession would be over. But throughout everything, Ava has actually been figured out to discover her method back onto the court.
On National Signing Day, which was Nov. 9, Ava signed a letter of intent with Iowa. Surrounded by her mom, bro, pals and other fans, she made her statement authorities and showed once again that her motivating journey continues. Before the catastrophe, Ava was ranked 84th by ESPN Hoop Gurlz for the Class of 2023. Originally, she devoted to Arizona State, however the retirement of Sun Devil head coach Charli Turner Thorne triggered her to check out other alternatives. Two days prior to the mishap, she devoted to Iowa.
The Hawkeyes have actually exceeded and beyond to support Ava and her household. Head coach Lisa Bluder has actually made it an indicate frequently keep in contact with them and make it clear that Ava’s future is still intense in Iowa City.
“The Jones family continues to inspire with their incredible fortitude and resolve,” she stated. “Both Ava and her mother, Amy, are continuing with various therapy sessions and both will undergo more surgeries as they continue their healing journey. Throughout the past few months, we have obviously become so close to their entire family. We are proud and thankful that Ava is a Hawkeye and her family is also grateful for our support.”
Bluder likewise mentioned what technique she and the group will require to make sure that Ava is invited and secured when she gets to Iowa.
“We will support her through all of the surgeries and through her continued therapy sessions. Our approach will be to support all doctors and therapists working with her. As she improves and limitations are lifted, we will then begin appropriate training and re-introduction to basketball skill work.”
Thursday night, the No. 4 Hawkeyes are set to handle Kansas State in Manhattan, which has to do with 2 hours far from Nickerson. Ava and her household strategy to be in participation.
After signing her letter of intent, Ava stated, “I feel like my dad was with me today.” Ava is as resistant as they come and with the memory of her dad strong and the genuine assistance from her enjoyed ones, whatever comes her method, she won’t need to face it alone.