Coach Talks Timetable for Jones Decision

Indiana and a host of other schools have been waiting on a decision from 6-10, 260-pound Phil Jones, and his Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute coach talked about a timetable for when a decision might finally come.

It wasn't too long ago that a decision from Brooklyn, N.Y., big man Phil Jones appeared imminent, but that's not necessarily the case any longer.

The 6-10, 260-pound center appeared close to settling on a school a couple of weeks ago – possibly Indiana – but a late flurry of recruiting activity has delayed his decision, according to his prep school coach at the Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute, Billy Reid.

"(A final decision) will probably be in another two or three weeks," Reid said.

What's the hold up? A handful of East Coast schools, notably Florida State, Rutgers and Seton Hall, have made late pushes for's 15th-ranked center in the 2006 class. Reid said all three have talked to Jones "off and on" during the recruiting process, and those conversations have intensified as of late.

With scholarship offers now in hand, Reid said Jones plans on visiting Florida State soon and will make an official to Seton Hall early next week as well.

The recent flurry of recruiting activity hasn't lessened Indiana's interest, though, according to Reid.

"He liked his visit to Indiana, and he's still interested and everything," Reid said. "I've talked to them a little bit and they are still very interested in him going there. He's just kind of behind on his recruiting."

While Indiana isn't out of the running by any means, the attention from some East Coast schools could make luring Jones to Bloomington a more difficult task when the Hoosiers were competing with other Midwest/Southeast area schools such as Kentucky and Cincinnati.

"He wants to stay on the East Coast for sure, and that's why a lot of those schools are trying to come in late like Seton Hall and Rutgers," Reid said.

Another matter that schools have been waiting to be cleared up is Jones' academic standing for next season. But Reid said Jones - who started at Tilden H.S. in Brooklyn before going to Lutheran Christian Academy in Philadelphia – is optimistic about being able to play next season.

"It's all according to his test scores, which he just took," Reid said. "So he's waiting around on those." Top Stories