(3-21-20) Ohio University’s Cinderella story of Jason Preston has brought national attention to him and the Bobcats. His never give up attitude is something special.
In a newschant.com story Ohio coach Jeff Boals said –
“The world deserves to know about his story. … It’s a movie. I’ve been teaching 26 years and I’ve by no means seen someone in his scenario, the place he was in a five-year span — from 6-feet tall, 140 kilos, scoring 50 factors his complete senior year — to the place he’s at the moment.
“I’m excited for the world to see it.”
From Ohio University Athletic Department release –
In a vote of the Mid-America Conference coaches, junior guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) was named to the All-MAC First Team..
This is the third time Preston’s been honored with a MAC postseason award and his first time earning a spot on the All-MAC First Team. This season, Preston built off his strong sophomore campaign, averaging 15.4 points per game, while grabbing 7.2 rebounds and dishing out 7.6 assists per game. He also shot 50.3 percent from the field during the regular season. Currently, Preston is tied for fourth in the nation in assists per game and is first in the MAC in the same category. Preston recorded his second career triple double on January 23 against Ball State, scoring 11 points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out 11 assists. Preston’s breakout game came on Nov. 27, 2020 against then eighth-ranked Illinois. Preston dominated, scoring a career-high 31 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out eight assists.
The Cinderllea story started at Orlando’s Boone High School, moved to Believe Prep Academy in Rock Hills, South Carolina…before ending up at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio..
His Boone High School Coach David Martinson, when asked by ESPN about Preston’s success –
“My first thought is I might be the worst high school basketball coach in this country.”
The now famous highlight reel posted by Preston while at Believe Prep Academy –
The Bobcats unexpected run in the NCAA tournament, gives fans in Ohio a team to root for after #2 seed Ohio State was upset by #15 seed Oral Roberts. Preston’s story has touched a nation, not just Ohio.
Jim Valvano (NC State Head Coach) –
Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.
Preston is a great example of that quote.