Jones' Recruiting Starts To Heat Up

Duke has a long history of recruiting guards with the ability to shoot the basketball extremely well. In 2012 the Blue Devils went after Texas' Rasheed Sulaimon. A year later, head coach Mike Krzyzewski has reached out to another Lone Star prospect.

"I'm really excited and am enjoying the recruiting process," said De Soto (Tex.) standout Matt Jones. "It's been really great to hear from the various college coaches who have started calling me."

At just over 6-foot-4 and 170 pounds, Jones has developed the reputation as a dynamite shooter who can rip the nets from anywhere. It starts on the perimeter, but Jones can also pull up after a dribble or two in either direction. He's also worked hard to develop a lethal midrange game.

"Honestly I've worked really hard on my shot for a long time. I get a lot of reps up every day and am always working on getting better. Lately I've been really big on getting better with my step back move. It's coming along."

Shooters are rare, but when a shooter is also considered a pretty high level defender, there are bound to be college coaches working the phones.

"I take a lot of pride in my ability to defend the ball. I can guard the wing or the guy on the ball. It's something you have to do to separate yourself as a prospect."

Currently considered a four star prospect and the nation's No. 7 shooting guard it in he class of 2013, Jones has heard from schools such as Duke, Florida, Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Memphis, and Texas since the contact period began. Each has made an initial pitch that has begun to leave a mark.

"They've all talked about how I could come in and fit in their system. Some coaches have really talked about their homeport advantages or what kind of campus they have at their school. For me it's just a chance to talk and listen to what everyone is saying. It lets me figure out who is who."

Of course Jones did find one coach really needed no introduction when the phone rang recently.

"When Coach K called it was kind of nerve-racking for me. I mean you have this coach who has done everything. He's his own caliber of coach and I was really happy that he called. He said he was really looking forward to getting to know me as a person and player and recruiting me. He said they liked my game and would see me next week at Peach Jam."

Entering his junior year in the fall means Jones has nearly two years available to make a decision which is why he's not worried about making any big decisions in the near future. Instead he plans to maximize this once in a lifetime opportunity.

"Honestly I am looking forward to seeing several schools up close. It's going to be great to visit the different programs and see how they do things. I really want to see Kansas and Texas play each other and I really would love to see Duke and North Carolina play at Duke. I love rivalry games, and if I can visit for them then that's a great opportunity."

In addition to entrenching himself firmly on the 2013 Blue Devil recruiting board, Duke fans will also note another common thread with the talented guard in that Jones is teammates with 2013 offeree Julius Randle on the Texas Titans.

"Our AAU team has been together since we were in fifth grade or so. We're all really close and we know how to play with each other. I think we mesh well and we really enjoy it all."

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