Recruitment About To Pick Up For Jones

After sitting out a year, Bryce Jones came out ready to play in Kansas this past weekend, and proved himself as a possible high major wing.

Last season was rough for Bryce Jones.

A 2010 prospect at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, Jones was forced to sit out his junior season due a transfer rule. So the 6-foot-5 wing played Junior Varsity.

"It was pretty tough sitting out," Jones told "I had to play JV. I wish I could have played this year. I did pretty good, but it was just JV."

Last weekend in Lawrence (Kans.), Jones was among the many talented prospects on Compton Magic. And the talented wing was clearly out to prove something every time he stepped on the court.

A smooth athlete, Jones led Compton Magic to the semi-finals of the tournament and appeared to be their best scoring option. Attacking from the perimeter Jones, aggressively went at defenders and finished well around the basket and from mid-range.

Taft head coach Derrick Taylor compares Jones to former NBA standout Scottie Pippen.

"He's kind of a poor mans Scottie Pippen type," Taylor said. "He's long, rangy, athletic and plays the passing ways well. He rebounds, defends and just tries hard all the time. His jump shot improves every day and he works on it all the time."

"He's getting better every day by leaps and bounds," he added. "He's like a sponge. He was so raw when we got him and he just sucks everything up and does anything and everything we ask of him."

Sitting out his junior season hurt his recruitment a little bit, but he's still picked up attention from Oregon State, USC, Pepperdine, Utah, UNLV, San Jose State, Montana State and UC-Riverside.

"It's going pretty good right now," Jones said of his recruitment. "I didn't really get to play last year, so I think I'll get more attention."

"I think he's going to burst on to the scene and become a high major," Taylor added.

Too late coach, he already has.

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