Verdell Jones Gets Plenty of Interest

Verdell Jones, a 6-foot-4 point gaurd from Champaign (IL) Central, received a visit from Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith and assistant Vince Taylor last Thursday. Jones is the No. 4 uncommitted point guard, according to GoldenSports.Net caught with Jones' father and AAU coach Verdell Sr. to find out the latest on his recruitment

Verdell Jones is hearing from schools such as Kentucky, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico State, Illinois, Connecticut and Texas, according to his father. He said that his son is hoping to trim his list of schools soon and set up his official visits.

"We are putting something together. We are trying to narrow it down, but we want to be patient. We feel that this is the right way, rather than rush into a decision. In the next month or so, we will narrow it down. We are looking for the best fit and what a team does with its guards."

Jones' father said that Minnesota is very strong in the mix for his son's recruitment, due to their coaching staff.

"There is an offer on the table. Lou Rawls got it wrong in that song, 'When you say Bud, you've said it all.' When you say Tubby Smith, you said it all. He has a proven track record. Look at the player he has had at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky. He is a great teacher of the game," Verdell Sr. said.

His father is equally high on Gopher assistant coach Vince Taylor.

"Vince has a lot of experience as a coach and player," he said. "He was a coach with Rick Pitino. We are taking a serious look at the situation and we are talking about setting up a visit."

Verdell Jones Sr. said that his son realizes the importance of making his college choice.

"It is such a significant decision in his life. He'll make the choice if he gets a gut instinct. We will analyze the situation and if he gets a gut instinct as well, that will be the right place for him."

Verdell Jones Sr. said that having gone through the recruiting process as an AAU coach has helped with his son's recruitment.

"Most definitely. We understand the business of recruiting," he said. "It is a business. You are entering a decision that is strictly about performance. You have to perform and challenge yourself to be the best you can be. We want to make sure he has a good experience in college."

Verdell Jones Sr. said that his son is just under 6-foot-5 and 172 pounds.

"He has put on muscle mass and has put on a good 15-18 pounds in the past year. It has helped with his explosiveness.

Verdell Jones Sr. said that whatever school lands his son, they will be getting a good point guard.

"I might be biased, but I think that he will be a phenomenal, phenomenal player," he said.

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