Verdell Jones to Visit Minnesota Wednesday

Verdell Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard from Champaign Central, will visit Minnesota Wednesday. Jones made his official visit to the school in the fall. He led his high school team to the Class 3A semifinals as they fell to two-time defending champ Chicago Simeon 51-46.

Verdell Jones was named to the Associated Press Class 3A All-State first team after leading the Maroons to a 25-8 mark and a third-place finish in the Class AAA Tournament. Jones averaged 17.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. He shot 46.8% from the field, 31% from three-point range and 75.3% from the free throw line. He finished his career with 602 assists, ranking him sixth on the state of Illinois' all-time list.

Jones is getting interest from Indiana, Kentucky, Georgetown, Minnesota, Virginia, Texas and Arizona. He visited Indiana two weeks ago and has a visit planned to Arizona next weekend.

The Gophers are looking at Jones to give them some needed depth at point guard. They lose leading scorer Lawrence McKenzie and will likely start sophomore-to-be Al Nolen. However, they do not have another true point guard on the roster with Lawrence Westbrook and incoming freshman Devoe Joseph capable of playing some minutes in the playmaking role.

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