UNC to watch Jones this week

While some of the same names will be tossed around as Carolina targets in the junior class, there will also be some new ones that Roy Williams and his staff had made significant strides with while at Kansas.

One of those is Normangee (Texas) 6-8 1/2, 235-pound junior power forward Joseph Jones, who will get a chance to meet Williams for the first time this week.

"He'll be here sometime this week," Jones said of the new UNC head coach. "I wasn't sure if he'd still recruit me, but I wasn't that worried because I thought that Carolina doesn't have any big men. The only one they've got is Sean May, so they really need big men."

"Carolina was recruiting for me a while during last season, but I hadn't hear anything from them in a long time," Jones added.

Jones may not be a household name nationally, but he'll likely become one this summer while playing with David Salinas' Houston Select club.

"He's got great hands, runs the court well and moves laterally very well," Normangee coach Alan Andrus said. "The only weakness I can come up with is his explosion."

We'll get our first look at Jones this weekend at the Kingwood Classic (Texas), but coaching sources have said that he is a tremendous rebounder and shot blocker as well who needs to extend his jump shot and become more selfish.

Despite being a virtual unknown to most UNC fans, Jones is hardly flying under the radar of coaches. Texas Tech head coach Bobby Knight has already made a visit to see Jones, and the small-town Texan has also fielded serious interest from the likes of Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Texas A&M and Houston.

And to take a line from an infamous "guru", that list will likely get longer before it gets shorter.

"I'm kind of shocked by all the attention, but I really enjoy it," said Jones, who boasts a 3.6 GPA. "A little boy like me from a country town never did anything this big."

Jones, who averaged 19 points, 15 boards and 6.5 blocks this past season, will play in this weekend's Kingwood Classic, but won't be available if Houston Select is playing on Saturday night because he'll be at the prom.

Jones had previously mentioned that he may want to remain close to home, but that seems to have changed with all the national powers getting involved.

"The distance doesn't really matter," he said. "The things that matter to me are being comfortable and getting a chance to play. I don't want to sit on the bench."


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