Terps Back in the Mix for Jones?

So, with the Maryland staff watching former Terp commit Jeff Jones at the Reebok Big Time, does that mean the Terps might be back in the mix? Jeff Ermann with the latest inside.

University of Maryland Coach Gary Williams was sitting front and center to watch former Maryland commit Jeff Jones play at the Reebok Big Time the past few days, Triple Threat Coach Keith Stevens said.

“They were here every game, so they might be back” in the mix for Jones’ services, Stevens said.

He’s also considering Wake Forest, Charlotte, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Jones, you’ll recall, committed to Maryland last winter, but reconsidered his decision in May, shortly after assistant coach Rob Moxley left Maryland for a job at Charlotte.

Moxley was Jones’ primary contact at Maryland at the time. It appears Williams is attempting to rebuild the bridge. Stevens said the effect of having a head coach in the stands is immeasurable.

“It definitely helps, because at the end of the day, everyone knows the head coach is going to make the decisions. The head coach is the shot-caller. The assistants are fine and dandy, but that’s just a buffer,” Stevens said.

Triple Threat went 3-0 in pool play before losing to Indy Spiece in the first round. Their summer play is complete. Virginia Tech commitment Jeff Allen and DeMatha rising junior Chris Braswell drew rave reviews all summer, Stevens said.

Allen, a 6-foot-7 forward, continues to awe with his athleticism and ability to handle the ball. The former DeMatha standout will attend Hargrave Military Academy next fall and seems to be solid on his verbal commitment to Virginia Tech, Stevens said.

“He played great. He played unbelievable … he can handle the hell out of the ball for a big guy,” Stevens said.

But Braswell was the main attraction, drawing coaches from Connecticut, North Carolina and Villanova, among many others. The 6-8 forward has exceptional low-post passing ability for his size and age, along with a nice shooting touch. At the same time, he does his work in the low-post.

According to Stevens, Braswell’s favorite schools right now are Georgetown, Texas, Villanova and Virginia Tech. It remains to be seen how much interest he has in the Terps and vice versa.

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