I-Mac's Jones wins second Gatorade state POY

Irving MacArthur's Alexis Jones has been named the Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season.

The award, given in collaboration with ESPNHS, recognizes not only athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Jones is now a finalist for Gatorade's national award.

The 5-foot-9 senior point guard averaged 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.8 steals in the 2011-12 season. She led MacArthur to a 35-3 mark and the Class 5A regional finals, where it lost to eventual state champion Duncanville in overtime.

Jones is a two-time returning All-American as named by ESPNHS. She averaged 24.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 5.0 steals as a junior, capturing the state title game's Most Valuable Player honor in leading MacArthur to the 2011 5A crown. She played for USA Basketball's 2010 women's U18 team and 2011 U19 world championship team.

In the classroom, Jones has maintained a B-plus average. In addition to volunteering locally for a food bank, the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of America, she has donated her time as part of a youth literacy campaign, a holiday gift-giving initiative and multiple youth basketball organizations.