Kentrevious Jones’ stay at Westside lasted just one semester.
Jones, a 6-foot-11 post player who signed with Xavier in November, will transfer to Putnam Science Academy, a Connecticut prep school, once he wraps up his first-semester work Tuesday, Westside head coach Josh Grube said Monday.
“I spoke with the Xavier coach (Sunday) night, and the whole thing boils down to having the best opportunity to play at Xavier next year,” Grube said. “This has nothing to do with athletics. It all has to do with academics. He’s got to get a better ACT (score), GPA and so forth. His parents and Xavier’s coaches felt that doing this would give him the best opportunity to play at Xavier, bottom line.”
After starting his high school career at Central and helping lead the Chargers to a region championship last season, Jones enrolled at Westside to start the 2016-17 school year. The transfer bolstered a Westside lineup that already featured high Division I prospect Khavon Moore at shooting guard, and a statewide high school basketball website ranked the Seminoles No. 1 in GHSA Class 3A.
Jones wound up playing in only seven games for Westside, averaging a team-high 20.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. His season high was a 33-point effort in a 79-74 loss to his former team Dec. 9, and he scored 27 points in a season-opening loss to Class 7A power Norcross.
A message left with Jones via social media has not been returned. Putnam Science Academy is participating in the top-level City of Palms tournament this week in Fort Myers, Florida.
“This is the first time I’ve had to deal with something like this,” Grube said. “But it happens all over the place. It is what it is. We’re going to miss him, but you do what you have to do.”
With Jones gone, Westside’s top scorer again becomes Moore. He is averaging 18 points and 7.3 rebounds in six games, scoring a season-high 24 on Dec. 6 against Pike County.
Westside (5-2, 4-1 Region 4-3A) hosts Northside at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
“We’re going to be fine,” Grube said. “I feel very confident in the guys who are here. We’re going to miss him, the 6-11 and all that, but I still feel real good about what we’ve got.”