One of Alabama’s best high school basketball players will take a visit to Arkansas this weekend.
Birmingham Central Park Christian guard/forward C.J. Jones (6-5, 180) will begin his official visit to check out the Razorbacks on Friday according to his head coach Donovan Broadnax.
Jones is averaging 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals this season for a team that is 17-10 heading into next weekend’s National Christian High School Tournament.
“He has been our leading scorer the past two seasons, is just an excellent shooter and not only can he shoot it from deep, but he has mid-range game, too,” Broadnax said. “He also is as athletic as all get out.
“A couple of things that he has improved on this season has been his leadership and his defense. He realized that he had to have an all-around game to get to the next level and that’s what he has done.”
Jones committed to Chattanooga last summer, but his development this season caused to reconsider that choice and he recently de-committed.
“There are several bigger schools like Arkansas that have gotten on him,” Broadnax said. “I believe that he can play on that level and that is just scratching the surface of his ability.
“I truly believe because of that athleticism that he has a chance to play in the league (the NBA) one day.”
Razorback head coach Mike Anderson was in to see Jones play earlier this week while assistant T.J. Cleveland has been in several times this season.
Jones, whose first name is Cairon and plays at the same high school as former Razorback JaCorey Williams, was at Arkansas’ Elite Camp in August.
“Arkansas has been recruiting him since this summer and keeping in touch with him,” Broadnax said. “They have done great job of coming to see him play and letting them know of their interest.”
This could be a big weekend to set Jones' college future.
“They have not offered him yet, but I think that will happen this weekend and I think that if that happens, he will be at Arkansas for college,” Broadnax said. “I think it would be a great fit for him.”