This time, U of L coach Rick Pitino has offered Kevin Jones, a 6-foot-7, 210 pound junior forward from Mount Vernon High School. Similar to the McCray brothers, Jones is a do-it-all forward who has averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks this season.
Jones, a four-star prospect, led Mount Vernon to the New York Class AA state title last week, posting 29 points and 13 rebounds in the finals. He's burst on the national scene with a big junior season and figures to be one of the top risers on the national recruiting charts this spring and summer on the AAU circuit.
That's why Pitino, Tubby Smith, Jim Calhoun, Travis Ford, Jim Boeheim and John Calipari have all ventured to Mount Vernon this season – to get a look at a kid who didn't start as a sophomore, but possesses NBA potential.
Besides the offer from Louisville, Jones appears he'll have his pick of college. Kentucky, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Maryland, Massachusetts, St. John's, Seton Hall and Rutgers have offered. UConn and Syracuse, Jones' "dream school," have both expressed strong interest.
Pretty much known as an inside guy earlier in his career, Jones has developed a mid-range this season. As sophomore, Jones didn't make a three-pointer. This season, he made 32 and shot 43 percent from downtown.
He was an absolute monster during the post-season. Before his eye-popping state final stats, Jones had 32 points and 31 rebounds during the first two games of regional action. He followed that with a 17 point, 14 rebound effort in the regional semifinals and 26 points in the regional final victory over Newburgh.
Jones will play for the Metro Hawks this summer.