Jones Cuts It To Five

Its official, Mike Jones is down to five schools.'s No. 34 prospect gives us some insight into his recruitment.

The summer, especially the Nike All-American Camp, was good to Mike Jones. The 6-foot-7 combo forward out of Hopkins (S.C.) Lower Richland found his way into the rankings at No. 34 in America.

Now, he's set to begin some official visits in September and has already trimmed his list to five schools. Charlotte, Syracuse, South Carolina, Miami and Maryland are the contenders.

"I was looking at the schools that showed the most interest and played my style," Jones said of the list. "Plus, I looked at players who played my position and who develops guys."

Like most at this stage, Jones is coy about a leader. "Nobody really stands out, I'm just open to those five schools."

Jones did indicate that Charlotte and South Carolina, from his perspective, were recruiting him the hardest. "They call constantly and let me know that I'm their top recruit," Jones said of the schools.

Though he could not say where he'll visit first and didn't have his visits set in stone, research indicates that Maryland could be a middle of the month trip and Charlotte at the end of the month.

Jones said that he should be able to spin a commitment after the visits. "You go over the lists and get to know the coaches. For me, it's like who shows more interest and who do I talk to lately." caught Jones in action during the April Boo Williams Invitational. Take a look at this powerful and skilled small forward in action for the South Carolina Ravens!

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