Jeff Jones Remains Close to Home

At the end of the day, Jeff Jones decided he didn't want to go far from home so the Monsignor Bonner (Pa.) junior guard opted to end his recruitment and remain close to home.

Jeff Jones had always thought of Maryland as a dream school of sorts growing up less than two hours away in Delaware.

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."

Maryland got involved with Jones on the late end – about a month ago – but picked up ground on co-leaders Georgia Tech and Villanova quickly.

``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.

``They compare me to Juan Dixon, Eric Hayes to Steve Blake and Braxton Dupree to Lonnie Baxter," Jones said.

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.

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