Trey Jones, the father of Iowa women’s basketball rookie Ava Jones, died Thursday at the University of Louisville Hospital, two days after they and two other members were seriously injured. of the family after being hit by a vehicle.
News of his death was made public on Friday.
Ava Jones, a rising Kansas high schooler who verbally committed to Iowa on Sunday, remains 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 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 initially charged with four counts of first-degree assault and driving under the influence. He told police he had recently taken the drug Hydrocodone.
A murder charge was added after the death of Trey Jones.
Trey Jones, 42, was a teacher and track coach at Nickerson High School in Kansas, which Ava attends. Ava, a 6-foot-2 winger, is No. 83 on the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100 Prospects list for the 2023 promotion. She averaged 20.8 points, 15.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists on the season last for Nickerson High, where she was also on the volleyball and track teams.
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.
However, Iowa assistant coach Jan Jensen posted on Instagram Thursday that she and head coach Lisa Bluder visited the family in the hospital.
Jones’ club team, Southwest Elite, won the championship in its bracket on Friday, dedicating it to the Jones family.