"If you aren't number one you always think you aren't getting the credit you deserve," Jones told Scout.com. "I just wanted to go out and prove myself every time I step out on the court."
That's exactly what Jones did from the spring through July. Coming off a state championship at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, Jones ran with I-5 Elite on the circuit and came out strong in April, and was especially impressive at the King James Classic.
As the spring progressed, so did his game. In early June, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward was dominant at times. But that was just a hint of what was to come, because in July Jones showed his full game.
"I just attacked and tried to score a lot of points and win while I was doing it," he said. "I think I did that the most in July."
At his size, Jones can do a variety of things. He's capable of spending time in the post, facing up guys from mid to long range and because of his passing ability and ball handling he spends a lot of time with the ball.
"I improved by going to all the camps and learning from the staffs there," Jones said. "Just being there I think showing what I could do really helped too."
After a huge summer, Jones watched his recruitment take off. A host of high major programs were already knocking on his door, but more have jumped in.
"It's developing good," he said of the process. "I've been blessed with having so many opportunities to pick out what school I want to attend for college. I just feel like I'm going to make the right decision."
Every school on his list has offered, except North Carolina. At this point, Jones doesn't have any favorites and is still in the process of figuring out which schools he wants to visits.
"There's no leaders," he said. "They are all pretty even right now. They are all sounding good. I just want to find out which staff I trust the most and are the most honest with me."
"My mom has been saving up to try and take the officials with me," the four-star prospect told Scout.com. "We just haven't decided which schools we are going to proceed that process with."
Jones, who is currently rated No. 7 at the power forward spot and No. 33 overall, doesn't have an immediate timetable for his decision.