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Titans forward takes long road to Missouri

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Playing Division I college basketball didn't seem possible for Albany Tech forward Waylon Jones when he was out of school and working for a cable company two years ago.

It is possible when Waylon Jones signed a scholarship to play at Southeast Missouri State on Thursday.

Jones had to pass up a junior college offer in California three years ago at Cross Keys High School because he wanted to be close to his mother who was ill at the time.

Jones did move to Albany got a job but found time to play basketball.

Albany Tech coach Sylvester Patterson heard of Jones and told him he would get to a Division I school if he played for the Titans.

Now that he has reached that goal Jones would like to play for Albany Tech this season.

The sophomore is sidelined until at least January with a stress fracture in his foot.

An injury that could require surgery and would cost Jones his final year at Albany Tech.

Something he doesn't want to see happen.

Waylon Jones said. "Every day coach always tells me to go sit down and rest my foot. Which is bad but at the same time I am a competitive person and I want to be on the court with my teammates helping them out. Trying to teach them or trying to show them a move or something like that."

 Albany Tech plays Gulf Coast and USC-Salkehatchee Friday and Saturday in games that will be played at South Georgia Tech in Americus

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