Jones Selects Winthrop

Randy Peele got the backcourt scorer he wanted in the form of Nansemond River senior Andre Jones.

The Winthrop Eagles scored in a big way this week. Andre Jones, Randy Peele's top wing target, committed after considering East Carolina and William & Mary along with a host of interested programs ranging from Hampton to George Mason and Western Kentucky.

"He felt like he was going to wait but when he visited Winthrop he said he found his place," Nansemond River coach Ed Young told "He cancelled visits to William & Mary and East Carolina."

Jones, an all-league selection, is a scorer. He's the type of player who gets in the paint and makes it happen. "He's going to be a scoring guard for them, a slasher type. Traditionally they've had more shooters in that position but he's going to get to the basket. He'll be a good defender and he knows basketball."

Young goes into the situation knowing he was a valued recruit for Winthrop and understanding there's opportunity early.

"He knows he's got to earn playing time and he wants to win. Winthrop said it expects him to be a starter by his sophomore year and that's why they were going after him and made him their No. 1 perimeter recruit."

Jones' teammate, forward Nick Wright, committed to Old Dominion last month.

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