McDonald's: Jones aiming for national title

CHICAGO - Matt Jones is enjoying his week at the McDonald's All-American Game, but he has his eyes set on what he hopes to be a successful college career at Duke.

A successful career at De Soto (Texas) ended in a McDonald's All-American invitation for 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard Matt Jones.

The five-star prospect has enjoyed his time in Chicago participating in McDonald's game festivities.

"It's a prestigious award and great to be here," Jones said. "It's definitely overwhelming but I'm really grateful."

Despite a 3rd round playoffs loss to end his high school career, Jones feels he made a lot of progress as a player during his senior season.

"I feel like I proved a lot," Jones said. "I was playing a new position in point guard and it definitely helped me in my ball handling and confidence. I feel like my game is more versatile now heading into Duke."

To be able to become the player Jones feels he can ultimately be, he has to continue to develop in a handful of areas.

"I need to keep working on my handle, quickness, and being able to finish around people like Aaron Gordon," Jones said. "That's going to be tough but I know I'm going to a great program and I put a lot of trust in the strength and conditioning program to get me right."

The Duke signee kept a close eye on the Blue Devils this season and even though his future college didn't make the Final Four, he was happy with how the team played throughout the year.

"It was a great season," he said. "When they lost, I felt like I was on the team, I wanted to see them win so badly. Overall it was a great season. The seniors stepped up big and I'm really excited to go down there and work out with them."

Jones has high expectations for Duke next season.

"My personal expectations are just to contribute and the team's expectations are to win a national championship," Jones said.

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