Marquis Jones to A-10

Marquis Jones waited a little while before pulling the trigger, but the former South Plainfield (N.J.) star guard is headed to the A-10.

Marquis Jones knew where he wanted to be on his visit to Kingston, Rhode Island and the former South Plainfield (N.J.) High standout committed to URI coach Jim Baron shortly after returning.

The 6-foot, 180-pound guard, who is spending the season at St. Thomas More (Conn.), was also receiving interest from the likes of Providence and South Carolina.

``I felt comfortable," Jones said. "It was my first visit and I felt like I was at home. Everything just seemed normal and that's why I decided to commit."

``I went to practice and everyone worked hard," he added. "Coach Baron expects a lot of his players, but he treats everyone the same – from the best player all the way down to the 13th guy – and I really respect that."

Jones also admitted that Rhode Island and new assistant Pat Skerry, a New England native, has been the most persistent.

Jones put up big numbers last season at South Plainfield – 20.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists – but he'll be more of a distributor and will likely improve his shot selection under St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn this season.

``He's the consummate point guard," Quinn said. "He can really defend the death out of people. He's got a chance to be an excellent player at Rhode Island and those guys did a wonderful job with his recruitment. He really knows how to play."

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