Just as his expected, former Searcy star and current Baytown (Texas) Lee College shooting guard Jamal Jones (6-8, 190) had a great visit to Arkansas this weekend.
Now he just needs something to compare it to.
"It went great and had a lot of fun," Jones said. "I got a chance to build a deeper relationship and get closer with the coaches, got to watch the guys work out and got to see everything that's going on with the program."
Jones, who averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists this seaon while leading his team to the junior college national tournament, enjoyed getting to take in the Catfish Hole experience.
"They were a lot of people there and they were chanting my name and telling me how much they want me to be a Razorback," Jones said. "It was a great experience and atmosphere and food was really good as well."
Jones only took one visit back in high school and chose to sign with Ole Miss, where he ended up being dismissed from for off the court issues during the first semester along with then Rebels' leading scorer Dundrecous Nelson.
"That's the thing I definitely don't want to do this time," Jones said. "Arkansas is definitely a great place and still at the top of my list, but I need to have something to compare it with. That's the way I want to do it this time."
Jones, who shot over 35 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, will be meeting with his head coach tonight to decide if he will visit San Diego State, Oregon, TCU or Texas A&M – the other schools in his final five.
"I haven't got a chance to talk with my coach about that yet and actually we are about to go play and then I'll have a chance to sit down with him and pick out a school to go see," Jones said. "Like I said, I just need something to compare it with."
Arkansas has signed a pair of 6-10 standouts in forward Bobby Portis of Little Rock Hall and Nigerian-born center Moses Kingsley of Huntington (WV) Prep and will also add in Houston transfer Alandise Harris (6-6, 230).
They have one scholarship available for the month-long late signing period, which opens Wednesday and continues through May 15.
Jones knows that Arkansas sees him as a scoring replacement for sophomore B.J. Young, who led the team in scoring and has declared for the NBA draft.
"They have got some great young talent coming in there and want me to be a piece of the puzzle," Jones said. "The Arkansas coaches and I have gotten closer and they have made me feel very wanted and needed."
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