JUCO PF Prepared to Visit Hawkeyes

Iowa is searching for a post player with its final available scholarship remaining in the 2015 recruiting cycle. The top target is Tyler (TX) JC PF Dale Jones, who prepped at Waterloo (IA) West High. He's expected to visit the Big Ten school soon. Find out when and get the latest on Jones in this HI update.

Iowa currently has one scholarship available to use in its 2015 recruiting class. It could very well be scooped up by Tyler (TX) Junior College Dale Jones.

Despite speculation that it's a done deal, the Waterloo (IA) West High graduate has not committed to the Hawkeyes or anyone else, per Tyler JC Head Coach Mike Marquis.

"I don't let any of my guys commit without visiting," said Marquis, an Iowa native.

Marquis said that Jones would visit sometime after the Final Four. The championship game takes place on April 6. There are recruiting dead periods from April 2-9 and again April 13-16.

"Because of our advancing to the national tournament and Iowa having the success they had, we couldn't get the visit before that. We had to push it back," Marquis said.

The Tyler coach stopped short of saying that the visit was a formality to Jones committing to Iowa.

"I wouldn't characterize it that way. Things happen and we want to see what happens on campus, how he gets along with the coaches and the players," Marquis said. "There are other big programs recruiting him. I'm not going to talk about which ones out of respect for them."

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Jones (height and weight per Marquis) averaged 16.9 and 8.3 rebounds in 33 games as a redshirt sophomore this season. He connected on 99 of 218 (45.4 percent) three-point attempts and 99 of 118 (83.9) free throws.

"He can shoot it," Marquis said. "He can put it on the floor and also score in the post. He can pretty much do it all and is a real mismatch at this level. He's also a great kid and an above average student."

Marquis said that Jones began attracting Division I scouts following a solid freshman season in 2012-13. Coaches were set to come watch him work out in September of '13 when he tore his ACL a day before the open recruiting period.

The injury removed Jones from the prospect radar for the year while he rehabbed. Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery and assistant Andrew Francis kept him on their board.

"The Iowa coaches did a great job of staying with him," Marquis said.

Marquis coached Marshalltown (IA) Community College before moving to Tyler, where he just completed his 14th season. He's sent players like Jake Jaacks, Jason Price, Kurt Looby and Justin Johnson to Iowa through the years. He stayed in touch with Francis during Jones' rehab and encouraged he and McCaffery to come back and visit when he saw his star forward recovered.

"You could just see that Dale was back and was going to have a big year and other schools were going to keep coming at him," Marquis said. "I called Andrew Francis after the Final Four last year as (Jones) was getting going again and said, "hey, don't forget about this kid who's from an hour and half from your campus. He's blossoming.""

Jones was lightly recruited out of Waterloo West. Marquis saw the potential.

"He wasn't really on the radar because he didn't play national AAU. He came here and worked hard on his game and has really matured. He's physically stronger," Marquis said.

Jones will have two years to play two seasons at his next school.

The Hawkeyes have five known commitments in their '15 Class. Brandon Hutton, Ahmad Wagner, Andrew Fleming and Isaiah Moss signed national letters of intent in November. Christian Williams verbally pledged earlier this month and was expected to sign his binding document when the late period begins on April 15.


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