Matt Jones talks Kansas, recruiting

Matt Jones has teammates who have visited Kansas. Heck, even his parents and sister have made the trip to Lawrence, Kan. It's one he himself has missed out on thus far, but the five-star Class of 2013 shooting guard from De Soto (TX) High plans to rectify that problem later this month. Wednesday, he spent a few minutes with Phog.net talking Jayhawks, recruiting and visits.

When it comes to visiting the University of Kansas, Matt Jones is starting to feel a little left out.

One of the most sought-after prospects in the Class of 2013, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from De Soto (TX) High is being courted by many of the game's elite, with an offer list that includes the likes of Arizona, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and many more.

Jones has long been on the radar of Head Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks coaching staff, and he's wanted to visit the Lawrence, Kan. campus - in his words - "forever."

Many of his AAU teammates, prospects such as Marquan Botley, Zach Peters and Julius Randle have been to Mount Oread. Heck, even his family has already made the trip.

"I've never been to Lawrence," he said, with a laugh. "My parents, my sister has been to Lawrence. I've been out of the loop."

Jones' own visit is coming. The five-star talent originally intended to visit the weekend of Sept. 24 for 'Legends of the Phog' - an event attended by his three aforementioned teammates - but obligations with his high school team kept him home.

With a trip scheduled to Durham, N.C. on Oct. 14 to take in Midnight Madness with the Duke Blue Devils - and an unofficial to the University of North Carolina likely to occur that same weekend - Jones is determined to at last get an up-close and personal look at the Kansas program later this month.

"If it's not the 22nd, it's the 29th for sure," he said.

Within the Kansas staff, the responsibility for recruiting him has landed on the shoulders of assistant coach Danny Manning. Well aware of the former Kansas standout's success on the court both collegiately and in the professional ranks, Jones has been impressed with Manning as a coach and a person.

"He's a really cool guy," he explained, of Manning. "He's just been one of my closest friends recruiting-wise. I've really been blessed to have him recruiting me."

As for where he's at in the process, Jones said there was no firm timeline or list. He had a list at one point, but that has since dissolved, and will make a decision when the time feels right.

"I'm just taking it one step at a time basically," he said. "No leaders, no nothing. Just an even playing field."

When the time comes, Jones will have no shortage of options. But Kansas is one program definitely garnering a second look.

"I feel like Kansas could be a home for me in the future," he said.

A member of the coaching staff was in attendance at De Soto High School on Wednesday to check in with Jones and watch him take part in a workout. The Texas A&M staff was also present.


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