Jones gives Duke the nod

Matt Jones just couldn't wait any longer. The five-star shooting guard joined the Duke program on Monday, giving them a verbal commitment.

Over the weekend, Matt Jones, of DeSoto (Tex.) High, talked to Scout.com about his recruitment and played coy about his college decision.

Two days later the 6-foot-4 guard opted for Duke.

"It just felt right," Jones told Scout.com. "I felt like the coaches could be the one that take me to the next level. My parents and the people around me were just as excited about this and that just made me even more happy."

Duke has had similar players in the past and certainly focus on having three-point weapons and that certainly factored into Jones' decision making.

"Just the way they play, he said. "As people know they like to shoot threes. I've done my research they led the league in shooting threes and how he gets his shooters open. They have Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry and I like how coach K gives them a green light on offense.

During an unofficial visit in late October, Jones said the Duke staff showed him film on J.J. Reddick and explained exactly how they play to use him in their system.

"When I went down there we watched film of J.J. Reddick and they showed me how they got him open," he said. "They compared me to him, not in a sense as a player but how they would use me just as they used him."

So when did Jones come to his decision?

"I just really thought about everything that has opened over the summer and I sat down with my family and talked about it. I just felt like today I wanted to get it off my chest and tell everybody.

A member of the 2013 class, Jones ranks No. 5 at the shooting guard position and No. 23 overall.

Jones is Duke's first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.


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