Now the 6-foot-3 ½, 180-pound Monsignor Bonner (Pa.) junior combo guard has realized his dream and committed to Gary Williams and the Terps.
``I don't think I'll get a better situation," Jones said. "Maryland was always the big school in the area and I always wanted to play in the ACC."
``I went down to Maryland and fell in love with the campus and the coaching staff," Jones said. "The two main things were playing in the ACC and being less than two hours from home. The playing situation helped as well."
Jones, 16, said that the Maryland staff compares him to former Terps standout Juan Dixon.
Jones is a strong, scoring guard who can penetrate to the basket and also knock down shots from the perimeter. He averaged 19.5 points per game last season at Monsignor Bonner and transferred briefly to St. Augustine (N.J.) at the start of the school year before returning to Bonner.
``It was hard to say no to Georgia Tech and Villanova," Jones added. "The whole staff at Georgia Tech was someone I knew I could hang out with, play for four years and put my trust in. They are like a family, but it's just too far from home for me and I didn't want to leave my family."
``I just wanted to go to the ACC and that's why I picked Maryland over Villanova," he continued. "It's always been the dream since I was little."
Jones will play his season-opener on Dec. 2 against Archbishop Ryan.