Ohio's Jones Puts Iowa in his Top 5

Ohio guard Carl Jones is gaining more attention every time he takes the court. He already has secured a number of impressive scholarship offers, including one from the Hawkeyes. The 2009 class member is planning a trip to Iowa City this weekend and hopes to make his college decision known by the end of the summer. Read what this prime prospect thinks about Iowa in this HN.com update.

Other people have questioned Carl Jones' size. He never did. That confidence is probably why he's received more than 10 Division I scholarship offers.

"It doesn't really bother me," the 5-foot-10, 160-pound 2009 point guard said. "People don't really ask me about my size anymore. I never felt like I was trying to prove myself because of my size. I never tried to prove anybody wrong. I just always went out there and played my game."

That game has garnered the Garfield Heights, Ohio full-ride offers from Iowa, Texas Tech, Xavier, St. Joseph's (Penn.), Marquette, Penn State, Virginia Tech and most of the schools in the Mid-American Conference, he said. He also is getting a lot of attention from Michigan, although the Wolverines haven't yet offered.

Jones was planning a trip to Iowa City this weekend for a visit, but he might not make it with the flooding in the area. He also said he was supposed to attend the Hawkeyes' Elite Camp on June 21-22, but that was also up in the air due to the weather.

"They're definitely in my Top 5 of schools," said Jones, who also had Michigan, Virginia Tech, Xavier and St. Joe‘s in there, in no particular order.

Jones, who averaged 24.4 points and 6.0 assists as a junior, said Iowa began recruiting him at the end of the most recent school year. He took an interest in the school right away.

"I like how they let their guards play," Jones said. "They let their guards go. They let them play and create."

Some reports have called Jones a combo guard, which he has played in high school. He said he wasn't sure where he'd play in college, but playing right away was most important.

"When I look at a school, that's mostly what I look at, early playing time," Jones said.

Jones said that he is adept at scoring and passing and usually has a speed and quickness advantage against the opposition.

"I need to improve my strength , my left hand and my pull-up," he said.

Jones said that he would like to select his college by the end of the summer.

"It's going to be how I fit with the coach and if I can make an impact as a freshman," he said. "I want to come in and play right away."


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