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Iowa women’s basketball commitment, family seriously injured after being hit by car


Ava Jones, a rising high schooler from Kansas who verbally committed to the Iowa women’s basketball team on Sunday, was seriously injured along with her parents when they were hit by a car in Louisville on Tuesday night.

The family was there for the Run 4 the Roses women’s basketball tournament, in which Jones was playing with her club’s team. They were hit while the vehicle was rolling on a sidewalk. The driver who hit them, Michael Hurley, was charged with four counts of first-degree assault and driving under the influence. He told police he had recently taken hydrocodone.

Jones is said to be in serious condition and his parents, Amy and Trey Jones, in critical condition. A child believed to be Jones’ younger brother was treated for minor injuries. According to Billy Watson of the Hutchinson News in Kansas, Jones’ grandmother said Jones needed to recover, although his injuries were not made public.

“Right now, all we can do is say the family needs prayers,” Austin Johnson, Jones’ AAU coach, told ESPN via text message Wednesday.

Jones, a 6-foot-2 winger, is No. 83 on the ESPN HoopGurlz 100 Top Prospects for the 2023 promotion. She averaged 20.8 points, 15.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season for Nickerson High School in Kansas.

Jones originally signed to Arizona State, but reopened after longtime Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne retired in March. Jones announced his commitment to Iowa on social media on Sunday. Because she has not signed with the Hawkeyes, the school could not comment on Jones’ medical condition, an Iowa spokesperson told ESPN.

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