Every year there are a handful of high school basketball players that go from afterthought recruits to being considered among the best prospects in the country.
This year, one of those players is Irving (Texas) MacArthur 2016 guard Andrew Jones.
“Honestly, I was a little overwhelmed by all the attention I’ve gotten,” Jones said. “I knew that I could play and that there would be an opportunity to play in front of some really good coaches, but I didn’t think I would get some of these coaches following me all around and watching every game.”
Arizona has made Jones a priority recruit.
“Arizona has been recruiting me as hard as anyone," Jones said. "They really picked it up about a month ago and then in Vegas it seems that they were at every game. That was really cool to see."
It appears that Arizona's early persistence has already paid off.
“I’m going to visit Arizona August 10th, I believe," Jones said. "I haven’t been on a lot of visits so I don’t really know what to expect, but I would like to get a feeling for what the coaches are like and what an average day for the players is like.”
Jones is a long ways away from making a decision, but figures to have his choice of schools before all is said and done.
“Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma State and Baylor have picked it up," he said. "I’m very interested to see what they have to offer as well.
"I have no idea about a decision. I really don’t even know all the schools that are interested in me. I want to hear from everybody and take trips that are possible for me.”