"Maryland, UConn, Boston College, Charlotte and Virginia," he said. "I'm going to make my decision sometime this summer – probably just before my senior year. Definitely before then."
The 6-4 SG from Braintree (MA) Thayer Academy – originally a Boston kid from the Dorchester section of the city – hasn't become a household name in recruiting circles. Not just yet. But he's absolutely one of the nation's elite off-guards.
He demonstrated great form – and great results, too – from three-point territory in Saturday's action at The Pavilion on the Villanova campus. He also got into the lane for layups and runners and tipped in a few offensive rebounds.
No wonder. Jones averaged 16 rebounds per game this past winter for Thayer – from the two slot! – along with his 23 points and four assists a night. He helped Thayer to a 21-7 record.
"Shooting the ball and driving to the hole are my strengths," Jones said. "I need to work on my ball-handling and my defense."
He'll be with Gary Charles' Panthers all summer long. That means a perimeter partnership with big-time forward Charlie Villanueva – a combo that has the potential to be one of the best in all of summer basketball this year.
"In the beginning, I think it's going to be tough," Charles said. "But as time goes on, when they get a feel for each other's games, it's going to be an awesome combination."
Michael Kruse writes for Basketball America and BasketballAmerica.com.