Cody standout bound for Duquesne
By Harry Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Although she only played half a season, Tyra Jones was an impact player for the Cody Comets girls’ basketball squad. Her play was so impressive, the six-foot, one-inch senior guard landed a four-year, full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn. Jones had offers to play at Oakland University, Detroit Mercy, Virginia Commonwealth, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas El-Paso and Winston-Salem, but chose the Pittsburgh institution instead.
“After the first visit (at Duquesne) I chose them,” Jones said in a recent interview. “I was approached by Detroit Mercy and Oakland University, but I didn’t want to stay in Michigan.
Jones says she plans to major in business administration.
The Comets were only 4-7 during the season before she started playing. After Jones came on the floor, Cody went 3-2 to finish with a 7-9 and make the PSL Girls’ Basketball Playoffs. In the preliminaries against Denby, Jones scored 38 points, pulled down 23 rebounds, made eight assists and five steals in the Comets’ victory over the Tars. In the victory over Pershing in the quarter-finals, she scored 21 points and made 10 rebounds. In the semi-final loss against Cass Tech, Jones scored 15 points in a losing effort. Cody finished with a 9-11 record.
“Tyra made her presence known through her work ethic,” said Cody head coach Antonio Baker. “She has an excellent attitude. The other young ladies saw how hard she worked and it gave them an incentive to work hard.”
Baker says Jones was a “breath of fresh air” on the court.
“Several of our players played better when she was on the court. She helped other players play their positions,” Baker said. “Tyra believed in the team tremendously and took pressure off the rest of the team because her ball handling was of expertise.”
Jones was a student at Cass Tech before transferring to Cody. She was a member of the Technicians girls’ basketball squad her two and a half years there before transferring.
“I had some academic problems,” she said. “I also wanted a change because transportation was a problem getting back and forth to school. Cody was only three blocks from where I lived.”
Jones’ transfer went smoothly. She added that her teammates are also her friends and described the friendship as a sisterhood.
“The students here at Cody were cool and the staff was very supportive,” said Jones. “I liked the support I received here. Playing with Cody allowed me to play to my ability and talent.”