Matt Jones Talks Official Visit

Over the last few weeks the Duke coaching staff has hosted a number of top prospects from all over the country and several different recruiting years. Included in that groups was five star shooting guard Matt Jones. And though he committed a while back, Jones had yet to take an official visit. After returning home and processing it all, he spoke with TDD about his experience on campus.

"I had a chance to visit in early September," said Matt Jones of his official visit. "I had a chance to meet with the coaches and players and several staff members as well. It was a good trip, and I enjoyed myself."

Having committed so long ago, there really wasn't much of a sales pitch to be made by the coaching staff, but they still wanted to make sure their five star commit was secure in his decision.

"The coaches and I talked about how I'll be fitting in at Duke, and what my role will be. They really think their system and Duke in general are a perfect fit for me, and I agreed. They talked about how excited they are about me coming in and how great our season is going to be."

Away from the coaches Jones had a chance to meet with the academics support staff to check up on his senior season progress and to talk about the transition to the course load at Duke.

"It was good to hear about that again and they were really interested in how things have been going for me at school. It's good to know they 'll be there for the team."

While on campus, Jones was hosted by freshmen Amile Jefferson along with fellow Texan, Rasheed Sulaimon. The trio took part in a number of pick-up games as well as hanging out at various Durham hotspots. It had been a while since Jones and Sulaimon had seen one another, and there's a noticeable difference in the freshman according to Matt.

"He looks to be a whole lot faster and stronger than I remember him being. In fact, all of the guys up there are in great shape. We played a lot of games and I was really impressed with how serious everyone takes the defensive part of the game, even in pick-up. Everyone there is faster and stronger than you see in AAU or high school, but I thought I held my own, and my teammates put me in good spots to score. One thing that's going to be different is the pace of the game at that level, but I think I'll be able to adapt."

Looking back on the visit, and the recruiting process as a whole, Jones says he has no more questions. Now it's just a matter of waiting around and picking his number.

"The visit really didn't surprise me at all, but in a good way. I already knew how exciting it was to be at Duke, and what a great atmosphere it was. I'm really just ready to get down there, and be a part of it."

And what about his number?

"If it is available, I would like to wear number one, if it's not taken. Just for a new start."

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