2016 shooting guard Andrew Jones took his second official visit the weekend of October 3rd to Louisville.
“It was great,” Jones told Scout. “We got there and got to watch practice. My dad got to see how coach [Rick] Pitino and the guys practice. Then we went out to eat. They had a big barbecue with ribs and all that waiting for us. They also showed my parents around and all that.”
While on campus, Jones took in practices, plus Louisville’s Red/White scrimmage.
“I got to watch their Red/White game and I got to see how I would fit in and how my style would go with the players they have,” Jones said.
“They go hard the whole practice,” he added. “They run their sets and they compete on both offense and defense and I liked that.”
What stuck out most about his official visit?
“What stood out to me was how well their guys bond,” the four-star prospect added. “They are always around each other and also how the coaches interacted with the players as well.”
While on campus the allegations surrounding the Louisville basketball team hit the news wire. Jones said Pitino and his staff broke down the situation with him and his family.
“When that finally got announced they took my parents into a room and talked to us about what is going on and what had happened and explained the whole thing to us,” Jones said. “That really didn’t affect our trip there. They were honest with us and they told my parents everything that went on and what happened.”
This was Jones’ second trip to Louisville. He had previously visited unofficially in early August.
“Coach P is real cool,” Jones said about his time with him. “He’s a genuine guy and very honest. As a coach he doesn’t let you get away with anything. He’s always looking to get you better every day.”
Jones’ first official visit was to Arizona on September 4th. He also visited the Wildcats unofficially in early August. Jones said he might take his third visit to Tucson soon.
“I’m talking to my dad now to see if I could go to the Red/Blue game at Arizona next weekend,” he said.
“They are just continuing to build their relationship,” he added about Arizona.
To go with Louisville and Arizona, Texas and Baylor have also received unofficial visits from Jones and are on his list. Jones told Scout that Kansas also put in a recent initial call to gauge his interest.
Jones, of Irving (Tex.) MacArthur, is regarded as Scout’s No. 30 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class.