The Scoop on Mizzou and Eshaunte Jones

Missouri's seemingly on-again, off-again recruitment of high-scoring Indiana native Eshaunte Jones appears to be back on again. InsideMizzou.com has the inside scoop on the four-star prospect ...


Mizzou's staff recently paid Jones, a 6-foot-4 wing player who averaged 27.7 points per game last year as a top-100 senior, a visit at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.), where he is prepping in order to qualify academically. And both Jones' mother and his AAU coach told InsideMizzou.com Missouri is among the four or five schools most heavily involved in his recruitment.

"He really likes Missouri and definitely plans on visiting Missouri," said Eric Vaughn, coach of IJN Blessed, the travel program for which Vaughn plays. "T.J. Cleveland has done a great job of recruiting him."

For a while, from what we can gather, it seemed both Jones and Mizzou might be looking in other directions. But MU's staff appears to be trying to add another perimeter threat, and Jones is a pure shooter who fits that ball. So, too, does Baltimore native Kim English, who is set to visit Missouri this weekend and who could make a decision in the not-too-distant future.

Jones, on the other hand, has not taken the ACT yet and has not planned his visits, though Scout.com Recruiting Director Dave Telep reported Sunday that Jones will visit with Tennessee Oct. 27.

"I think he's wide open. It's just about P.T. [playing time] and he definitely wants to go up and down" the floor, Vaughn said.

Oregon State, Memphis and Cincinnati also are recruiting Jones. If most of that list sounds familiar, it should; most of the same schools have been on English's list at times, though his has changed on a few occasions. It's conceivable the decision of one of the two shooters could affect the other, though it seems likely English will be the first to decide, perhaps by a wide margin. Vaughn said it's unlikely Jones will sign during the early NCAA signing period, while English is looking to solidify his future sometime soon.

Jones' mother, meantime, said her son is looking for a mix of good academics and basketball, that there is no favorite and that Eshaunte is looking to finalize his visit list soon. She liked Mizzou coach Mike Anderson after meeting him a while back when Mizzou first began to recruit her son, who later committed verbally to Indiana before re-opening his recruitment.

"I was very impressed with Mike Anderson, with how he has a pretty good program, and his philosophy," Toni Jones said.

As always, InsideMizzou.com will keep you posted on all of the latest …

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