Jones: "The ACC Speaks For Itself"

It's a two-horse race for Marcel Jones – and N.C. State has as good a shot as Oregon.

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The 6-7 ½ senior forward from Mater Dei (Calif.), who was on fire from the perimeter in a game this past summer in front of assistant coach Larry Harris, was slated to take an official visit to Raleigh this weekend, but the weather will likely postpone the trip for a few weeks.

Herb Sendek and Harris went to the west coast and did an in-home visit with Jones, which went well, according to both Jones and his father, Michael.

"Gavin (Grant) visited the campus 10 days ago and committed and Marcel and Gavin talk all the time on the phone," Michael Jones said. "Gavin is trying to convince Marcel to go."

It may not take much prodding, though, as Jones puts N.C. State right there with Oregon – and Oregon State a distant third.

"Coach Harris and Coach Sendek did a wonderful job," Michael Jones added. "I really like those guys. They did a real good job talking academics and talking about the Triangle."

With the weather situation in Raleigh, Jones' plans changed. Instead of coming to take a look at the campus this weekend, he will likely go to N.C. State on the first weekend of October (Oct. 4), which will follow a weekend at Oregon State and precede his final trip to Oregon on Oct. 11.

"The visit went well. The ACC speaks for itself," Marcel Jones said.

With St. Benedict's (N.J.) forward Alex Galindo out of the equation after the commitment from Grant, it looks like Jones, Anthony Morrow and Andrew Brackman are the leading candidates.

The 6-4 ½ Morrow has already visited Tennessee and N.C. State. He will head to Charlotte this weekend and Georgia Tech the following weekend before making a decision. The 6-9, 200-pound Brackman has yet to finalize a visit to Raleigh for the weekend of Sept. 27,but he is strongly considering the Wolfpack – along with Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Dayton, Cincinnati and a couple of baseball programs (such as Georgia Tech).

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