For Kevin Jones, things have changed

Yes, Tubby has left and Billy Gillispie is the new head coach at one of the country's most storied programs. "Kentucky is a great program, but things have changed now," Gerard said. "Tubby is a great coach."

Like any big brother, Gerard Jones is making sure his younger sibling has proper guidance in an extremely tough situation -- the recruiting of a high division one basketball player. And after a terrific junior season, Kevin Jones of Mount Vernon High School has seen a pile of offers accumulate on his living room table. And his brother Gerard is doing an even better job of handling all the attention Kevin has been getting.

"He has't closed the door on anyone," Gerard said. "He's still wide open."

It was reported only a month or so ago that Kentucky was making a serious pitch to land Jones, who elevated his recruiting status with a fantastic junior season for Bob Cimmino's basketball program. In fact, Kevin received a scholarship offer. "Kevin was very excited when Tubby Jones made the offer," said Gerard. "Then Tubby left."

Yes, Tubby has left and Billy Gillispie is the new head coach at one of the country's most storied programs. "Kentucky is a great program, but things have changed now," Gerard said. "Tubby is a great coach."

Gerard said, for now, Kentucky is out of the picture. "Tubby was a big reason why Kevin was interested too," he said.

But Jones' big brother wouldn't rule out interest again in the SEC program. "Kevin is open," Gerard said. "He hasn't heard from Billy Gillispie. So anything is possible."

Gerard said that Jones has grown a couple of more inches over the past year. If so, Kevin now stands around 6-foot-8. And there is the thought process that Kevin can work hard enough to become a significant and effective wing player down the road.

"Kevin may not go to as many tournaments (this spring and summer) to work on his individual skills," Gerard said. "College coaches think Kevin can play the wing because he shoots the ball pretty good."

With this in mind, expect Jones to work hard on his ball handling skills. "Work on the left hand dribble," Gerard said. "He can become a better player by doing these individual workouts."

There are already a pile of schools that have offered Jones, including the schools in the New York area. And there is a national flavor to his list as well with offers from UNLV, Indiana, Louisville, and Kentucky (of course this has changed). "There are many offers," Gerard said. "And there are so many schools that have shown interest."

In other words, Jones won't eliminate any schools right now. He's just concentrating on finishing up his junior year at Mount Vernon and then focusing on summer ball and individual workouts.

"Jones is also considering Pittsburgh, UMASS, Syracuse, Connecticut, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joe's, and Rutgers. The list is long too.

There has been no timetable set for a decision.


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