A coach at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon said that Special Olympian Tim Jones “can flat out play” basketball. It wasn’t a Special Olympics coach, but rather UCSB men’s assistant coach Dave Campbell.
“I’ve seen this guy play at our camps over the years… In fact, Timmy, if you want to suit up this weekend we might be able to use you on the Gauchos,” joked Campbell.
Jones, a point guard, averaged 15 points per game last season as his team, coached by award sponsor Aaron Brown, went 12-1 with two gold medals and a silver medal. He also averaged eight rebounds and nine assists per game, being involved in basically every point his team, which competes at the top level.
“Timmy’s one of the top athletes in all of Special Olympics,” said Brown. “He has a love for basketball, and it shows on the court.”