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Gilman football standout Cyrus Jones, right, greets University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban after Gilman's 77-68 victory over Calvert Hall on the basketball court at the Finney Athletic Center in Roland Park. Jones is the Towson Times/Baltimore Messenger Athlete of the Year. <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/towson/ph-ms-tt-cyrus-jones-athlete-of-year-0620-20120620,0,3547867.story">Read about the <i>Towson Times</i> and <i>Baltimore Messenger</i> Athlete of the Year here.</a>
Gilman football standout Cyrus Jones, right, greets University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban after Gilman's 77-68 victory over Calvert Hall on the basketball court at the Finney Athletic Center in Roland Park. Jones is the Towson Times/Baltimore Messenger Athlete of the Year. Read about the Towson Times and Baltimore Messenger Athlete of the Year here. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

Throughout his illustrious three-sport high school career — and particularly in his senior year — Gilman's Cyrus Jones Jr. had a knack for owning big moments.

For Jones, who will play football for reigning national champion Alabama, there was the two-point run in overtime to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship against Calvert Hall, the hoop that made him Gilman's all-time leading scorer in basketball and sprinting to two more league titles in track this spring.

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He led all three teams to conference championships.

On the football field, Jones did plenty more before capping his career with the two-point run to get the Greyhounds past Calvert Hall.

Earlier in the year, Jones snapped a 21-21 deadlock against the Cardinals in the games' final minutes to give the Greyhounds a 28-21 victory.

"It was an amazing piece of theater and athleticism," Gilman athletic director Tim Holley said, considering the opponent and the timing of the run.

Jones finished with 2,365 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns, while grabbing five interceptions and taking one back for another score. Rated the No. 33 senior recruit in the country by ESPNU, he also was named the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and a Parade and Under Armour All-American.

In the winter, he averaged 17.8 points per game at point guard to lead the Greyhounds to the MIAA B Conference crown, closing out his four years with 1,734 points to supplant Jimmy Fields atop Gilman's all-time scoring list.

He was so coveted by Alabama, that coach Nick Saban attended one of his basketball games at the Finney Athletic Center in December and made a home visit to the Jones' residence afterward.

Jones' athleticism was on full display on the court, too, especially on a couple of dunks.

"He's only about 5 (feet)-10 (inches), but I saw him go up for a dunk and his elbow was above the rim," Holley added.

Gilman football coach Biff Poggi said that Jones is the best player he's ever had at the school.

In track and field, he won MIAA titles in the 100 and 200 meters while helping the Greyhounds capture their fourth straight championship, prompting Holley to say that Jones, "in my opinion, is the most talented athlete the school has ever produced since I came here in the seventh grade — and that was in 1971."

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