Arkansas’ basketball program has added a fifth prospect to its 2016 recruiting class.
Birmingham, Ala., Central Park Christian standout C.J. Jones (6-5, 180) announced his pledge to the Razorbacks via twitter on Sunday after finishing up his official visit to Arkansas.
Jones, who is expected to play the small forward at Arkansas, is averaging 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game for Central Park Christian (17-10).
"It was because of the love the fans and coaches showed me during my visit,” Jones told Garrett Tucker of HoopSeen.com. “I’ve known Coach Anderson since I was 4 years old and we’ve always had that bond.”
Jones played his AAU basketball for the Birmingham Storm.
“Coach Anderson asked me if I was ready for some SEC basketball and he told me that I’m going to fit right in with the program,” Jones told Tucker. “He told me he has the confidence in me to put the ball in my hands.”
Jones, who is expected to grow to about 6-7, is likely to play a variety of positions on the college level just as he does in high school according to head coach Donavan Broadnax.
“To me, especially if he grows the couple of inches he is supposed, he will be able to play the one, two or three in college,” Broadnax said. “He is really skilled and coaches love his versatility.”
He had earlier committed to Chattanooga, but de-committed recently as bigger schools started to come in on him.
"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.”
Jones, whose given first name is Cairon, joins Campti, La., Lakeview forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) as high school players in Arkansas’ 2016 recruiting class.
Arkansas has also landed a three of the nation’s top five junior college players in Motlow, Tenn., State College’s Jaylen Barford (6-5, 210), Holmes, Miss., Community College’s Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) and Warner, Okla., CC power forward Arlando Cook (6-9, 215).
The Razorbacks also have Colorado transfer Dustin Thomas (6-7, 225), who is redshirting this season and will be eligible to play next season.