NBA Camp Focus: Jeff Jones

RICHMOND, Va. – Jeff Jones is putting forth a nice showing at the NBA Players Association Camp. Scout.com sat down with the shooting guard to get his thoughts about his recruitment, what he learned from his initial pledge to Maryland and where he's going next.

Monsignor Bonner guard Jeff Jones vows to be more educated the second time around. After initially committed to Maryland, the 6-foot-4 senior-to-be says he's taking him time with this decision.

"I think I just rushed into it," Jones said of his first commitment. "I'm not ruling them out at all. Coach Moxley (now the associate head coach at Charlotte) recruited the heck out of me and I never really had a chance to think about Maryland and what's going on off the court and on. I just rushed into it, point blank."

For Jones, there will be no rushing the next pledge. He's learned quite a bit since re-opening his recruitment.

"Probably to go on officials, talk to the coaches and do your research on everything. You don't want to just talk to one person all the time. You need to go there and see for yourself and talk to the head coach. See how the guys are on the team and talk to other guys around the neighborhood to see how the school is. You have to get the feel."

Lately, Jones has been "getting the feel" for a number of schools. "I just took a visit to Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Charlotte last week," Jones said. "The visits went good; the campuses were all equally pretty nice. It was all my type of guys. In this process I want what best fits me on and off the court."

On the court here at NBA Camp, Jones has been on point. His jump shot – his best offensive weapon – has found the bottom of the net with great efficiency. He's been clicking from mid-range as well as behind the arc. It'll be that ability to tickle the twine that gets him early playing time. Frankly, his playing style works with just about any offensive style. Still, he's got his requirements.

"It'll be what best fits me from playing style, playing time, academics and the relationship with the coaches. It's going to be the most important decision of my life and for 4 years. That's why I backed out (of Maryland). I don't want to rush into anything. I want to feel comfortable."

In addition to Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Charlotte, Jones is hearing from Virginia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Illinois and now Arizona is buzzing him some.


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