Dezi Jones, the all-state player for the Hannibal High School boys basketball team, will be wearing a Moberly Area Community College uniform next winter. On Monday Jones signed a letter of intent with the school.
"It was the best fit for me," said Jones, the son of Deanna and Douglas Glasgow.
Moberly's long-time coach, Pat Smith, said Jones could play right away.
"I think Dezi is perfectly capable of stepping in and being that guy (at point guard) for us next year," he said. "He will have to work for it, but his ability to score and his ability to play point guard, I think he can combine those two abilities and be a heckuva point guard for us. We are just glad to get him."
Among those confident that Jones is ready to play at the next level is Marty Hull, head boys basketball coach at Hannibal High School.
"I don't think he will have any issues at all. I think his game is already ready," he said. "I think he will have a tremendous chance to go in and start right away, contribute right away and be a key player."
Hull recognizes what a talent he had playing for him.
"He is probably one of the greatest players to come through Hannibal," he said. "He has high character to go along with the basketball."
Among Jones' fondest memories from his high school career is "putting on that Pirate uniform" and helping make "Hannibal basketball relevant now."
As for his future at Moberly Jones said he hopes he can help "get some wins" and "just have fun with it (the experience)."