HERB JONES (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

In-State Basketball Prospect Herb Jones Checks Out Pearl's Auburn Tigers

A basketball prospect who was in Auburn on an official visit discusses his trip as well as the big picture on the recruiting front.

Moundville, Ala.--An in-state class of 2017 basketball prospect made a return trip to Auburn over the weekend and this time it was an official visit for Herb Jones.

A versatile six-foot-seven senior at Hale County High School, Jones said that he plans to sign with a college in the early period coming up in November and noted that Coach Bruce Pearl’s program is under serious consideration.

Asked what will be major factors in his decision, Jones said how he fits in with the coaches and players is very important. “My comfortability and the style of play are what I am considering,” he said. “I like that Auburn is an up-tempo team. They let their players play and make plays. That is what I?like to do.”

Commenting on his visit to Auburn with his family, the left-hander said, “They showed me around campus again. I really liked it. The campus is very nice and it also convenient. I?like that the Wellness Center is right across the street from the dorms and right next to the gym.”

Jones, who noted that he is an honor student in high school, wants to major in accounting in college. The 17-year-old, who is 6-7, 180 pounds, can play either guard or small forward.

“I started out at the one (point guard) originally so I had the point guard mentality of passing first,”?he said. “As I grew I had to get into a scoring mentality.”

As a junior Jones averaged 15 points with seven rebounds per game and was a second team Class 3A All-State selection. Auburn is the first of three official visits scheduled this month.

“I don’t have a favorite right now,” he said. “I am also looking at Alabama, Florida, Stanford, Georgia and Georgia Tech. I go to Florida for an official visit on Sept. 9th and I go to Alabama Sept. 30th.”

Taking the official visit to AU with another in-state prospect, five-star center Austin Wiley, Jones said that Wiley made it clear he would like the Hale County High senior to join him at Auburn. “Austin is recruiting me and he is doing a good job,” said Jones, who added, “I really like Auburn’s players.”


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