Jones makes statement in Pittsburgh

Small forward Derrick Jones showed off his skills at the Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest, and should be one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the nation.

One of the truly premier performers at the Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest was class of 2015 prospect Derrick Jones. The Radnor (Penn) Archbishop Carroll small forward showed everyone what he is capable of and was a dominant force for We R 1 at both the 16 and under and 17 and under levels.

At 6-foot-5 with long arms, elite athleticism, a high motor, and refined skill, Jones is the complete package as a player. He showed flashes of what he could be along with what he already is, but Jones feels there is still room for improvement.

"I think I am a good slasher going to the basket," said Jones. "I am an athletic player who can shoot and dribble and is versatile. I think I am stronger on the offensive end and I am trying to work harder on the defensive end."

Recruiting wise a handful of school are already showing Jones a lot of attention, but that list is sure to grow in the near future.

"Syracuse, Villanova, Rutgers, Xavier, and St. Joe's have been telling me they will be watching," said Jones.

The Orange have long been a recruiting power in Philadelphia, and now they are after Jones, having dispatched an assistant to nearly every game he played over the weekend.

"I really don't know a ton about them because they just started recruiting me," said Jones of Syracuse. "I know they have a great program though."

Another school that has been active is Xavier, and the Musketeers are trying hard to get involved with the Philadelphia native.

"They have been sending me letters and everything," said Jones. "The coaches say they like my game and I play hard."

Right now Jones is just at the beginning of the recruiting process, but he already has a decent idea of what factors he will look for in a school.

"I am looking for a big university, a great fan base, a great team, and a great coaching staff," said Jones. "I just want to go to a school where my family can watch me play and support me."

Currently Jones is a three-star prospect and the No. 8 small forward in the class, but look for him to make a big jump once the class of 2015 rankings are updated.

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