Consistency and leadership: Radford’s Carlik Jones taking more responsibility

Cincinnati native has been named Big South player of the week 5 times this season

RADFORD, Va. – It was the shot heard around the commonwealth and beyond that had Radford putting on its dancing shoes for the first time in eight years.

Fast forward two years later, and Radford’s Carlik Jones is still making big-time shots.

“He’s got a knack and scores the ball as well as anybody in the country,” said teammate Devonntae Holland.

The 6-foot-1 guard leads the team in scoring, 19 points per game, in assists with five per contest and is the second-best rebounder on the team.

“We have about 4 seniors last year who are now gone. As I get older, I have to tell the young guys what to do and pave the way for those young guys,” said Jones.

One of those young guys is former Radford Bobcat and three-time state champion Quinton Morton-Robertson, who has appeared in 15 games this season. But Jones has also earned respect from the seniors, including Martinsville product Devonntae Holland.

“Off the court, on the court, you know, just hearing his voice, being in my’s just great, you know. He’s a brother to me and we’ve grown that bond since I’ve been here,” said Holland.

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