GASO: Andrew Jones continues rise
Every July a few players use the July evaluation periods to expand their recruitments and national reputation. No player fits that description better this year than 6-foot-4 combo guard Andrew Jones. College coaches began flocking to Jones’ games at the Nike Peach Jam, where he averaged 18.4 points a game and led his Pro Skills team in scoring. On Saturday at the Great American Shootout, Jones drew Larry Brown, Scott Drew, Trent Johnson, Shaka Smart, Travis Ford, Billy Kennedy plus assistants from Arizona, Alabama, Kansas and others. During two evaluations at GASO, Jones showed tremendous speed and athleticism. He thrives in the open court and has a burst that not many in high school basketball can get to. And because of his pure speed, lateral quickness and length, Jones projects as a good defender down the road. Jones also showed tremendous vision and passing, as well as a good understanding of pick and roll situations. Jones is a capable shot maker from three, and he hit a three-pointer in each of the games I watched on Saturday. In the spring, Jones was coming off a knee injury and wasn’t playing at 100-percent, which explains why his play and recruitment didn’t blow up until July. After the first July evaluation period, Jones added new scholarship offers from Arizona, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Texas and after his play during the second session, he’s sure to add more.
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