Even after the season is over, Ball State's Jarrod Jones still can't get enough basketball.

While most students spend their summer break out enjoying the warm weather, you'll find Jones indoors on a basketball court, somewhere.

That non-stop determination to better himself, not only as a basketball player, but as a person, has brought him to the 2011 Indy Pro AM summer league hosted at IUPUI.

Although the league has just begun, he's enjoyed the strong competition the Pro AM offers.

"I feel like it's doing great things for me. It's definitely going to pay off for me during the season, just being able to stay active," he said. "As a basketball player, you never want to take too much time off and coming out here and being able to play with these guys is really keeping me from getting dusty."

Some of the local players participating in this year's Pro Am are Pacers' Lance Stephenson, Washington Wizards and former Butler star, Shelvin Mack, along with Ball State's all-time leading scorer and former NBA player, Bonzi Wells.

Jones' hopes and aspirations take him to the professional level once college is over, and playing with guys like Wells and Stephenson, guys who he looks up too, is an amazing experience in itself.

"I've had conversations with quite a few players," Jones said. "Bonzi Wells especially, with him being from Ball State and playing in the NBA, so he's a great guy for me to get advice from."

As his senior year approaches this fall, Jones has made it obvious he's aware of the hype this season will bring for the Cardinals. Ball State fell one game short of making it to the MAC Tournament championship game last season, and finished the year 19-13.

Jones bursted onto the scene after posting 21 points and 13 rebounds in his first ever college game as a freshmen and since that time he hasn't looked back. His numbers have improved every season and he's currently 20th in Ball State history with 1,182 points and 7th in rebounding with 720.

The Cardinals' point guard, Randy Davis, will also be a senior this season. Combine him with Bonzi Wells' nephew and Muncie native, Jauwan Scaife, plus a talented sophomore class and you'll see why people are saying this is "the year" for Ball State basketball. This will certainly be there best chance in a long, long time.

College ball will be over for Jones in less than a year. He has one last chance to win a MAC championship, and he's definitely not hiding his confidence.

"Expect big things," he said. "We're looking forward to a great year next year."