Kevin Jones earns MVP, scholarship offers

Kevin Jones put together an impressive performance at the Boojangles Shootout on December 31st. So impressive that an SEC school decided it was time to offer him a scholarship.

The Mt. Vernon (NY) High standout was named tournament MVP and he proved him self as one of the best athletes in the class of 2008. Jones is also blessed with long arms, versatility and the ability to get up and down the floor.

"I'm going to come out bring energy and try to get rebounds and do whatever I need to do to help my team win," Jones said.

Jones even did something we hadn't seen in the past, he stepped out and knocked down a 15-foot jumper. With his jump shot improving and his ability to score around the basket Jones will make for a nice inside-outside threat at the high major level.

Kentucky assistant, Scott Rigot, was in attendance for the first two days of the Boojangles Shootout to check out Jones and UK signee Mike Williams. A few days after the event Jones' brother, Gerard Jones, received a call from Tubby Smith that resulted in the Wildcats offering him a scholarship.

"He came up and visited Kevin before," Gerard said of Tubby Smith. "It was his third game this season. It was right before the UMass game. When they came up Kevin hit a lot more three-pointers. He was shooting it really well from the outside. They like the way that he can go inside and outside."

Kentucky joins UMass, Indiana and Memphis as schools that have now offered Jones. Syracuse and UConn, who Jones has unofficially visited, are also involved but neither has offered a scholarship.

"He took an unofficial to Umass and they love him there," the older Jones said. "From there we just need to go down to Memphis and Kentucky and we still haven't hit Indiana yet either. I guess those are the three major players that have actually offered."

While they haven't set any dates for unofficial visits, Jones will attempt to visit Kentucky towards the end of his high school season.

"We are going to visit Kentucky right after the season is over. Our season is over in February. So right after the season is over we have a week difference that we won't be in the playoffs. So we are going right in the middle of that week down to Kentucky. We are trying to straighten that out now."

Right now Jones is taking the process as slow as possible and he'll make a decision after he takes a few more visits.

"Recruiting is getting crazy but I'm just trying to handle it step by step."

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