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Hayford on Jois: “Venky is a very athletic post player who can score off the drive and shot. He is also a great rebounder. Even though he is a freshman, Venky brings great maturity and leadership to our program.”
High School: Graduated from Box Hill High School in 2011, and was selected to the Victoria All-State team. He also participated in swimming, soccer, Australian rules football, cross country and athletics at Box Hill. He won numerous awards while he was there from 2006-2010. Most recently, he was the Bob Staunton 2012 U-20 National Championship MVP, after leading the Victoria State Team to the championship and an unbeaten record. His team defeated South Australia 67-58 in the title game. St. Mary’s College and NBA standout Patty Mills won the Bob Staunton MVP Award in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Jois was the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) Youth Player of the Year in 2011, an award given to the top under-23 player and previously won by college and NBA standouts Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut. In his first season in the SEABL, he averaged 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while making 48.7 percent of his shots from the field. In 2010, he led his U-18 Dandenong Rangers team to the championship in the McDonald’s National Junior Classic. While playing for the Victoria State Team in 2010, he averaged 8.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and nearly one assist per game, while making 61.2 percent of his field goal attempts. He was selected to the 12-player Victorian Secondary Schools’ Sports Association Boys 18 and Under Basketball Team. As part of the team, he competed in the School Sport Australia Event in Newcastle.
Personal: He was born July 7, 1993, in Upper Ferntree Cully in Australia. Full name is Venkatesha Jois, but goes by “Venky.” His parents are Markandeya and Jennifer Jois. He intends on majoring in biology at Eastern, with interest in becoming a doctor. He has been playing piano for a number of years. His fellow Australians Danny Hill and Jordan Hickert are also in the Eastern program. His name is pronounced “Ven-key” “Joyce.” His full first name is pronounced “Ven-kuh-tay-shuh.”