TOC: Jones - 'It's A Great School'

DURHAM, N.C. -- It wasn't the best of weekends for combo guard Jeff Jones and his Triple Threat team. After an easy opening night victory, Triple Threat lost its final two pool games to miss the playoffs.

It all began with a surpring blowout loss to the GC Ballers Saturday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University. The game was scheduled to start at 2:30, but Triple Threat didn't arrive until 2:40 and never seemed to get in the flow of the game as the GC Ballers won by 20.

"You can't do anything when the other team is warming up, working on their shots and stretching out and you're not even there," Jeff Jones told Pack Pride following the game. "We came in just a couple of minutes before the game started. You can't win anything like that."

Jones finished with 10 points, but it wasn't a typical game by the 6-foot-4 combo guard. His jumper was short most of the game, and he couldn't get anything going off the dribble.

"It was a tough game," he said.

The biggest news on Jones came out earlier in the week, when he officially decommitted from Maryland. He originally commmitted to the Terps last year, but after head assistant Rob Moxley left for Charlotte, Jones chose to re-evaluate his options.

"I just felt that I may have rushed into it," Jones told's Jeff Goodman. "It's nothing against Maryland. Gary Williams is one of the best coaches in the country and Maryland has a great program. It's just that I'm not sure that Maryland is the best fit for me and I want to make sure."

"I had a great relationship with Coach Moxley," Jones added. "That wasn't the only reasons, but it definitely played a part in my decision.

"I'd still like to continue to consider Maryland and get to know the other guys on their staff, but I understand if they want to move on. I realize that playing at Maryland is a terrific opportunity, but I just want to explore my options and make sure I find the best fit for me as far as academics and basketball. I think I rushed into my decision back in November and I'm going to take my time this time."

After averaging 21.9 points as a junior for Monsignor Bonner (Pa.), expect several high major programs to pursue Jones. He's already receiving heavy attention.

"There's been a lot of interest," said Jones. "Big East, Big Ten, and ACC schools have been calling. There have been a lot of schools trying to get back in. Virginia, NC State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest... that's some of them."

What is Jones looking for now that he is back on the market?

"I'm looking for the right fit," he said. "I'm looking for the right situation for me, the coaches, all of that. Playing wise, just the best situation."

NC State was one of the programs Jones considered before verbaling to Maryland. Wolfpack assistant Larry Harris is still in Raleigh, and he recruited Jones the first time around. Expect the Wolfpack to be a major player as Jones also spoke highly of new head coach Sidney Lowe.

"NC State has got a great coach," he said. "It's a great school, and they have a good program. I like them."

Jones won't make an early decision this time. He will play the remainder of the summer with Triple Threat, attend the major camps, and take some official visits this fall before inking with a college.

"I'm wide open," he said. "I don't have a leader. I'm going to take my time."

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