"He got dinged up a while back and we've been rehabilitating," said Jones' father, Elston Jones Sr. "He's getting there, but the past six weeks have been frustrating for him, though. He should be able to start running pretty soon. We've also used some of the time to check out colleges and try to get more information about them.
"Once he's back physically we will spend a lot of time this summer working on his individual skills. He's going to run with my AAU team as well as the Compton Magic. So he'll certainly be busy."
Whatever school lands Jones will get a player with many skills.
He's a really talented kid," Jones Sr. said. "He's big, but can also play with a great deal of finesse. His biggest strength right now is probably his ability to go left or right. Almost all the schools are recruiting him as a four, which is certainly where I believe he's best suited."
The Jones family is in no hurry to select a college.
"You have to remember Elston's still a kid," Jones Sr. said. "It's very flattering that so many schools are interested in him, but we are going to take our time. I don't even want to put out a list of schools because I know I'll forget some. For the most part, we're interested in every school that's interested in him."
It's safe to say that Arizona is one of those schools.
"We had a great visit for the UCLA game," Jones Sr. said. "It was very impressive to see a packed house like that where everyone was completely involved in the game. The game day atmosphere was outstanding. It was really fun to see the lists of all the great players who have come through the program and to see all the championship banners."
Besides liking the school, Jones Sr. finds much to like in the coaching staff.
"Coach Whitford has been great," Jones Sr. said. "He's really taken the time to develop a relationship with me and my son and that is very important. I played in college and I know how important recruiting relationships are. Coach Whit and staff are very professional and have made a great impression on us."