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Young Basketball Prospect Jared Jones Was Impressive at Bruce Pearl's Auburn Camp

A class of 2019 basketball prospect talks about his interest in Auburn and his performance at Bruce Pearl's camp.

Mableton, Ga.--Although he is just 15-years-old, Jared Jones more than held his own against older, more experienced prospects at Bruce Pearl’s Elite Basketball Camp on Sunday at Auburn.

In fact, the six-foot-nine, 230-pounder was the most impressive big man prospect at the event. Whether it was blocking shots, making jumpers or throwing down one-handed tomahawk slam dunks, Jones showed a game that is developed beyond his years.

“It was really fun,” Jones said of his day at Auburn. “I feel like I got better in all aspects of my game.”

Already with an offer from Auburn, which signed Pebblebrook point guard Jared Harper in the 2016 class, Jones said he really likes Auburn’s head coach, noting he and Pearl have a good relationship.

He also mentioned Auburn’s associate head coach, Chuck Person, as someone he is building a relationship with after making several trips to Auburn.

“At first I didn’t feel like going, but I am glad I did,” Jones said of the camp. “It was really competitive and I love competitive games. It makes me play hard. Even when you do play against lesser opponents, it helps you get ready for that.”

An honor student who is interested in majoring in physical therapy in college, he is already getting attention from colleges. “Auburn is in my top three,” he says. “I also like Florida State and Florida, and Georgia Tech for sure. I love the UNC campus.”

Asked what part of his game he is focused on this summer, Jones said, “I am working on my handle. I want my coach in college, whoever that might be, to know that I am versatile and I can bring it down the court. I can post up and I can pull it down at mid-range and make the shots. I want to be known as versatile.”

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