NBPA: Jones thinking visits

Four-star forward Derrick Jones is thinking about making several visits before too long.

For the most part Radnor (Penn.) Archbishop Carroll wing Derrick Jones keeps a low profile when it comes to his recruitment. The ultra-athletic forward has had a solid spring, and now he is beginning to think about making some visits.

"I think I played well at a couple of the Under Armour sessions we had so far," explained Jones of his play. "I think I am averaging like 16 or 18 points a game, so I think I am doing well with that and I have done well at the camps I have been to."

At 6-foot-6 with long arms and freakish athleticism, Jones has always had major potential. Now he feels he is turning that potential into production.

"Last year everybody just thought I was a high flyer, and I was, but I also had a jump shot," said Jones. "Now because people think I am just a high flyer they play off of me and I was working all year on my ball handling and jump shot so I think I am showing that and proving everybody wrong."

When it comes to his recruitment, Jones says he hopes to make several visits before coming to a decision.

"I would like to visit Kentucky, Louisville, Syracuse, Indiana, Iowa State, Connecticut, and a few other schools," said Jones.

According to Jones the interest in Louisville has picked up since assistant coach Kenny Johnson joined the program.

"I have been talking to Coach (Rick) Pitino a little bit," noted Jones. "I had a good relationship with Coach (Kenny) Johnson when he was at Indiana. Louisville is a school that is on my list and I like them a lot, but I am not ready to narrow down my list yet or anything."

A school that has long been mentioned with Jones is Syracuse, and he feels he could fit in well with what the Orange do.

"It is a good program for sure," said Jones of Syracuse. "They play zone and I would do that. I think I might fit in better playing man, but Syracuse gets out on the break and I think I would fit in well with what they do. They let their guards play and it is a school I like."

Currently Jones is the No. 11 small forward and the No. 42 prospect overall in the 2015 class.


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