Jeff Jones Decides to Remain

After plenty of deliberation, Jeff Jones finally decided to leave Monsignor Bonner (Pa.) for St. Augustine Prep (N.J.). However, then the 6-foot-3 1/2 junior guard realized it wasn't the right decision.

Jeff Jones is happy to be home.

For the 6-foot-3 1/2, 180-pound junior guard, home is Monsignor Bonner (Pa.), where he's blossomed over the past two years and become one of the Catholic League's top players.

Jones not only contemplated a move to St. Augustine (N.J.); he actually made the switch.

``I went there for five days, but it was too much," Jones said. "It was almost an hour and a half each way and I just didn't think I could do it every day. Me and my dad talked about it and decided it was best if I went back to Bonner."

``It had nothing to do with (St. Augustine coach) Paul Rodio," he added. "I love the guy. He does so much for people on and off the court. He's a class act and a great coach. It really had nothing to do with basketball, either. It was just something about me and my family."

Jones is a guy who came into the summer without much of a national reputation, but left as one of the more sough-after backcourt guys in the nation after having an impressive summer with the New Jersey All-Stars.

Jones started classes on Monday at Bonner and he'll likely be the go-to guy once again on a team that has a new coach – former Bonner and St. Joseph's player Brian Daily.

Jones has received scholarship offers from a handful of programs, but he said that three are in front of the pack for now: Georgia Tech, Villanova and Virginia.

Other schools that have offered, according to Jones, include Georgetown, St. John's, Virginia Tech and Miami. Notre Dame and N.C. State are also in the mix.

One facet that coaches like about Jones is his versatility.

``We didn't have a lot of players at the Peach Jam," Jones said. "Darren Govens wasn't there, so I stepped into his spot playing the point and I adjusted to it pretty well. It was the first time I had played the point the whole game."

Jones said that he'll have to feel comfortable with the coaching staff and that's the most important factor when he chooses a school. However, he also wants to be part of the rotation as a freshman.


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