Offer Is Validating For Jones

It's been a big week for Texas scoring guard Matt Jones. After a string of strong performances at Peach Jam, the 6'4 guard became the third player offered by Duke in the class of 2013. On Monday he spoke about the offer and his big week with TDD.

"This has been an incredible week for me," said DeSoto (Tex.) High standout Matt Jones. "I'm really excited about all that's happened, and I have a new found confidence in my game heading into the last part of the summer."

In Georgia Jones put together four big time performances in front of a number of head coaches including the entire Duke coaching staff. His performance certainly seems to have resinated with the Blue Devils who offered him a scholarship soon after.

"A few days ago I called Coach K to talk. We started to discuss the Peach Jam and he told me how much he loved my game and what I can do on the floor. He said he was really surprised at how well I defended and rebounded, and that those were things that not many guards really commit themselves to. He told me how much he wants me to come to Duke and told me that I was the only guard he's offered in the class so far."

And, if history is any sort of indicator, it may be that Jones is the only backcourt scorer that sees an offer.

"Coach K said they try to recruit and target only four guys in each class and of those four guys he always really finds a guy he thinks is exactly what his program is all about. A guy he thinks he just doesn't want to miss on no matter what. He told me I'm that guy in 2013. He said he really thinks I am a Duke player."

As with most Duke recruits, Jones says he's also been hearing from a familiar foe who would like to become a teammate in the coming years.

"I've known Rasheed [Sulaimon] for years. We actually play against each other in high school, so we've always been talking about things. Now that Duke has offered me, it's really picked up. He's talking to me about how crazy the fans are and how I really need to go for either Midnight Madness or a UNC game at Cameron."

Despite the recent developments and the offer, Jones says he's no where close to a decision though he's certainly aware of what has happened in the last week.

"Right now I can definitely see myself going to Duke and playing there. I mean an offer from a place like that is a great thing. It proves that you can play with anyone and that your team can play with anyone. Right now I'm not thinking about a decision though. I'm wide open with things, and I'm more confident than ever in my abilities. I know I just need to keep working and refining my game to keep improving."


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