ANI Profile: Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones is one of those guys that can be difficult to figure out. The Yates High (Texas) junior forward is long and skilled, but he still has some work to do before he can earn his place among the big boys in the Class of 2008.

It was difficult for Anthony Jones to sit and watch last season.

The 6-foot-10, 195-pound junior made the decision to transfer from Milby to Yates after his freshman campaign.

Yates went 15-16 a year ago with the skilled and talented big man on the sidelines.

``It was real frustrating watching them lose," Jones said. "I know there were games they shouldn't have lost if I was playing."

Now Jones can make a difference and despite a loss on Thursday, he is making a difference.

Jones considers himself in the mold of Texas freshman Kevin Durant – a guy who despite his length can play both inside and outside.

While Jones does possess some similar qualities as the potential national freshman of the year, the one major difference between the two at this stage is effort.

Durant rarely took plays off while Jones tends to go through the motions and become a bystander at times.

Yates first-year head coach Fred Smith needs Jones to do some damage in the paint because he doesn't have a ton of size. At times, Jones obliges – but not often enough.

``I can play inside and don't have any problem with it, but I feel like I'm better away from the basket," Jones said.

He can knock down shots from the perimeter as he displayed on Thursday. He's also a shot-blocker who can alter the game on the defensive end due to his length.

``He's the man," Smith said. "He's that good. He's 6-foot-10 and will probably be a three-man in college. He's a lefty who can handle the ball and can knock down the three."

Jones said that Texas is his favorite right now, partially because of watching Durant and how Longhorns coach Rick Barnes allows him to showcase his versatile game. Jones also mentioned Arizona.

``I'm just going to wait and see my options," Jones said. ``It's really about whatever program can help me get to the league."

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