California Small Forward Likes the Wolfpack

There weren't many college coaches in attendance since the Tournament of Champions falls during a dead time, but N.C. State's Larry Harris was allowed to watch since his son, Simon, plays on the NC Gaters.

Harris and the Wolfpack were fortunate to find a new target after watching west coast wing Marcel Jones light up the Gaters for 33 points, including a half-dozen trifectas.

The 6-7 1/2, 205-pound Jones, who will finally get the chance to be the primary offensive threat on national power Mater Dei (Calif.) this season, has been known as a deadly outside shooter for a while – but now he has also added the dimension of penetration to his offensive arsenal, which has intrigued plenty of college coaches, including Harris.

Jones averaged 11 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a junior.

"He's really worked on not being one-dimensional," SoCal All-Stars coach Pat Barrett said of Jones. "He could always shoot the ball, but now he's driving to the hoop. He's creating off the dribble much better and played really well at the TOC."

Jones, who has also received attention from USC, Arizona State, Syracuse and UConn, has already elevated N.C. State to the top of his list.

"I know the campus is real nice, but I don't know much about the coaches yet," Jones said. "I know they get up and down the court because I watch them all the time on TV."

"N.C. State is tops on my list and I definitely want to take a visit there," he added.

Although he has added weight recently, Jones still needs to get stronger in order to be able to finish better driving to the basket. He also, like so many young players, needs to improve on the defensive end.

"He just needs to make sure not to get beat off the dribble and keep his man in front of him," Barrett added.

Jones will attend the ABCD Camp in July and also will head to the Big Time in Las Vegas with the SoCal All-Stars. There is also a chance he could travel to the Peach Jam with California Team Select.

"When I make my decision on where to go to school, I'm going to look at who they have coming in and whose already there right now," Jones said. "I also want to make sure the coach will still be there and also that I can come in and play right away. I don't want to come in and sit."

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