Trio pursuing Jones the hardest

Three schools are showing one of the best athletes in the country the most interest right now.

Four-star small forward Derrick Jones has taken a low key approach to his recruitment. The Radnor (Penn.) Archbishop Carroll standout is one of the best athletes in the country, and now will begin to take a close look at his recruitment.

At around 6-foot-6 with long arms and elite athleticism, Jones has been on the radar of college coaches for a long time. Now according to his father Derrick Jones Sr., the younger Jones is working hard to improve heading into his senior season.

“He has been working on a little bit of everything,” said Jones Sr. “Of course he is continuing to work on his ball handling and shooting, and then also he is working on his defense and everything is coming along well. He is taking the ball up the floor more, and his passing skills have definitely improved. Overall he is working hard and he is looking good heading into his senior season.”

Recruiting wise Jones has kept things close to the vest. His father however said a trio of schools are now showing the most interest.

Connecticut, Auburn, and UNLV are the main ones right now,” the elder Jones explained. “I haven’t heard too much from Louisville, Kentucky, and Kansas. I get updates from Kentucky and they text me, but we haven’t had a conversation since July. Right now UNLV, Connecticut, and Auburn are the ones reaching out the most.”

In terms of visits, Jones Sr. said, “We are planning to go to UNLV hopefully sometime this month, and after that school season is about to start so we will try to take some more visits in January.”

The plan right now for Jones and his family is to make those visits and decide during the late signing period. When that time does come, Jones Sr. doesn’t think the decision will be too tough.

“At the end of the day once we see all of the schools and sit down it really won’t be a hard decision,” he explained. “It will be about where his heart is, and which school he likes the most. It is going to come down to where Derrick wants to be. All of them are good schools and have good coaches, so it will be where Derrick feels at home.”

Currently Jones is seen as the No. 12 small forward and the No. 66 player overall in the 2015 class.

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