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Posted On: 05/22/18 1:45 PM
A rising star in the Iowa high school hoops scene, Mason City’s big and physical forward Jarvorius Toney has been turning heads all over the Midwest so far this spring.
He started to make some noise last season as a junior with Mason City, and he explained what it is that makes him such a dynamic threat. One big key to that success: versatility.
“My skill set is a power-forward that can attack, put the ball on the floor, get my teammates open looks. Also, I protect the rim, and I can guard smaller guards.”
Toney had a breakout junior season for the Mohawks while averaging 8.7 points, and a team-best 2.6 assists. He also led the team in blocks and rebounds.
“My junior year was good, but more of a learning experience year,” said Toney.
“Next year, I will work on being more patient and physical, also picking my teammates up whenever they are down.”
This spring, the 6-foot-6 combo-forward has been working with Southeast Minnesota Lightning 17U. The squad has been a very pleasant surprise thus far, and Toney has been key to its success.
“Lighting has been great, and we are only getting better.” he said. “We haven’t been playing with each other for a long time, but we know the game and just have that chemistry and just click with each other.”
Recruitment is something that could start to become more defined this summer for the big and versatile forward. For now, he says Chicago University, Hamline University, Bethany Lutheran College and “a few more” have reached out.
His goal for the summer is simply to keep improving, and when he does the that, the recruitment should pick up.
“I’m looking forward to working on my shot, and just continue to work on my game to take it to the next level,” said Toney.
“Another goal for this summer is to get in the weight room to build that extra strength and get quicker.”
Jarvorius Toney is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 150 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2019 class, click here.