Trey Jones, the father of Iowa women’s basketball recruit Ava Jones, died Thursday at Louisville Hospital, two days after he was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle along with two other family members.
News of his death was released on Friday.
Ava Jones, a growing high school senior in Kansas who made an oral commitment to Iowa on Sunday, is in critical condition with her mother, Amy. Ava’s younger brother Creek was treated for minor injuries.
The family was in Louisville for the Run 4 The Roses girls basketball tournament, with Jones playing with her club team. They were hit by a vehicle on the sidewalk. The driver who hit him, Michael Hurley, was initially charged with first-degree assault and four counts of driving under the influence. He told police he had recently taken hydrocodone.
Murder charges were added after the death of Trey Jones.
Trey Jones, 42, was a teacher and track instructor at Nickerson High School in Kansas, which Ava attended. Ava, a 6-foot-2 wing player, is ranked 83rd on the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100 Prospects list for the 2023 class. Last season she had 20.8 points, 15.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists, where she was also on the volleyball and track teams.
Jones was initially committed to the state of Arizona, but resumed recruitment after longtime Sun Devils coach Charlie Turner Thorne retired in March. Jones announced his commitment to Iowa on social media on Sunday. An Iowa spokesman told ESPN that because he had not signed with Hockey, the school could not comment on Jones’ situation.
However, Iowa assistant coach Jan Jensen posted on Instagram on Thursday that he and head coach Lisa Blader had visited the family at the hospital.
Jones ’club team, Southwest Elite, won the championship in their brackets on Friday, dedicating it to the Jones family.