Five-star point guard Andrew Jones commits to Shaka Smart, Texas

Shaka Smart and Texas added local, five-star guard prospect Andrew Jones to their recruiting class.

Five-star point guard Andrew Jones opted to stay home and commit to Shaka Smart and Texas on Monday, he told Scout.

"Over the past couple months, since the end of July, I've built a strong relationship with coach Smart," Jones said. "It was to the point where we were texting every morning. He was sending me motivational quotes about how to be a leader and how to stay positive." 

"We would also exchange diagramed plays and he would send me plays that we could potentially run next year and how I could easily score," he added. "We just become very close on a personal level."

Jones' commitment comes just a day after his official visit to Texas ended. Jones was in Austin (Tex.) for the Longhorns big win over North Carolina. 

"I had an idea in my mind," Jones said. "[The visit] was really for my parents and for my mom and dad to see the atmosphere of how they are at a game. See what the team does before the game and their preparation and how they play against an opponent because they scouted North Carolina great." 

"Seeing the crowd and seeing the atmosphere and how much the fans really support their basketball team and what coach Smart is doing, just made me feel like I had to be there and this was where I wanted to be," he added.

Arizona, Baylor, Louisville, Texas A&M and others were also involved in Jones' recruitment. Jones took unofficial visits to all four of those schools, plus took official visits to Arizona and Louisville. 

Jones, of Irving (Tex.) MacArthur, emerged as a high-level prospect in July playing for Nike Pro Skills. Offers piled up after strong performances at the Nike Peach Jam, Great American Shootout and in Las Vegas.

Following the summer, Jones was moved from unranked up to No. 30 overall in the 2016 class. After watching him three weeks ago at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest, Jones was rewarded a fifth star and has now positioned himself in the conversation for the McDonald's All-American game. 

"Offensively, I'll be doing what Isaiah was doing," Jones said regarding his future role at Texas. "Running the break, controlling the offense, coming off pick and rolls and making decisions." 

"I know they haven't really gotten into it, but I know from watching old clips from VCU they want to get up and down and press and put a lot of pressure on the ball," he added. "That's the type of style I like to play. Get up and down the court, get steals and running in transition." 

In the end, Texas was just where Jones wanted to be.

"He loves his freshman," he said about Smart. "I love the way they play and his style of offense. Also Texas is a great place to be. I enjoyed my visit when I was down there and also my dad thought it would be a great place for me to go too."

To go with his relationship with Smart, Jones also built a strong bond with Texas assistant David Cason, who was the point man on the recruitment. 

Texas now has a trio of commitments in 2016. Jones joins four-star and top 100 prospects James Banks and Jacob Young to make up their current recruiting class. 

"I've talked to James Banks the past couple of weeks," Jones said. "He's real cool. I haven't really talked to Jacob, but he can really shoot it. He's going to be a great additon. James Banks can rebound, block shots and finish."

With the addition of Jones, Texas' recruiting class moves to No. 9 in the 2016 recruiting class rankings. 

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