Verdell Jones Still On The Board

The Tennessee Volunteers addressed a need for a guard Monday night. Will they pursue Verdell Jones? One of the better available wings on the board gave a window into his recruitment.

The pool of available prospects is shrinking – daily.

If you look at college basketball as a business – and it definitely is – the laws of supply and demand rule this time of year. Take for instance the point guard position. There's a great demand for a point man and the supply has almost run out.

Enter Verdell Jones, a 6-foot-4 combo out of Champaign (Ill.) Central High. Known more for his scoring, Jones is a guy the bigger programs have been evaluating for the better part of three years. Physically he's got plenty of room to add weight.

On Monday night, Tennessee addressed its need for a guard. Prior to the commitment, Jones said the Vols were high on his list. "Right now probably the top 3 schools are Minnesota, Kentucky and Tennessee."

Bruce Pearl and Tubby Smith saw games involving Jones this season. Billy Gillispie was slated to see a game but did not make it as the contest was called for weather reasons.

The Gophers have a plan for Jones. "They're in need of a point guard right now," Jones said. "They have a great recruiting class and they think I'd be a great asset to their program."

When Gillispie was at Illinois, Jones was hanging around the program with his father. "He feels like I have a special talent in being 6-4 and being able to play the point. He thinks he can develop me on the offensive and defensive end."

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