Ava Jones’ basketball career is almost certainly over.
Jones, the earlier this summer, tore all four ligaments in both of her knees, Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said Thursday, via The Cedar Rapids Gazette.
while they were walking in downtown Louisville — where they were for an AAU tournament. A car left the road and struck them on the sidewalk, killing Jones' dad, Trey, and leaving her mom, Amy, in serious condition. Her brother sustained minor injuries.
The alleged driver of the car, a 33-year-old man, reportedly told police that he took hydrocodone before driving that night and that he was “so tired that he could not make the turn.”
Jones was considered “serious but stable” at the time. Now, Bluder learned, she had torn all four ligaments in each of her knees.
Jones had initially decommitted from Arizona State and then committed to the Hawkeyes just days before the incident. She averaged 20.8 points and 15.4 rebounds per game last season at Nickerson High School in Kansas, and was listed as the No. 83 recruit in the class of 2023 by ESPN.
Though she still has a long recovery ahead of her, Iowa has committed to honoring her initial scholarship regardless of whether she ever suits up for the Hawkeyes.