"He's matured so much more altogether," Jones said. "When he came in basketball wise he was as talented as all get out. Unfortunately, he lacked discipline on the court and at the same time academically.
"He's got the octane to do the work. We just attempted to teach him how to organize, prioritize, study and take notes. All those things rounded him to become what he is today."
McCarter, an athletic small forward with a live body, averaged 18 points a game for Wayne Country Day last season.
VCU's Smaka Smart and Will Wade built a trust with McCarter – and Jones – that led to the pledge of the 3-star recruit.
"Reco's situation was so different. He had a lot of big times considering him but you're talking about a special kid. It could have been easy to say go to the biggest school and that looks good for us but he's more than just a kid who played on my team. I didn't want to have to worry about him and VCU gave us that sense of family and community. I felt like they would take him and continue to do what we've tried to do."
McCarter joins wing Rob Brandenberg in the Rams 2010 recruiting class.