Williams meets with Jones

After Roy Williams' recent visit to Normangee (Texas) High to meet with Joseph Jones, it's quite clear that the Tar Heels will be a major player in the recruitment of this elite 2004 post player.

Joseph Jones doesn't know which five schools will comprise his list when he trims it before the end of the summer, but he is sure of one thing: North Carolina will make the cut.

"Yes, sir," the 6-8 1/2, 235-pound Normangee High (Texas) power forward said when asked if the Tar Heels were a lock to make the Final Five. "I had a chance to sit down with Roy Williams when he came to my school and it went really well. It lasted for about an hour and he was a real nice man. He's cool."

Jones, who plans to take an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill immediately following the Tournament of Champions in the Triangle later this month, only had a chance to play in a pair of games at the Kingwood Classic because he attended the prom on Saturday night. He's a soft-spoken big man who has started to ooze with confidence of late.

"I don't really feel any pressure when I play in front of the college coaches because I'm so into the game," said Jones, who ends school on May 29 and will likely spend much of his summer painting to earn extra money.

Jones also had visits from Texas Tech's Bobby Knight, Texas, Houston, Arkansas and Texas A&M. North Carolina was also represented by assistant coach Joe Holladay, while Jones' mother and high school coach, Alan Andrus, were in attendance for the meeting.

"Distance really doesn't matter to me," said Jones, who has seen his recruitment take off in the last six months or so. "Playing time and me being comfortable around the coaches are the most important things to me."

Jones said that new Kansas coach Bill Self has continued to recruit him and the Longhorns are still looking to add him despite pledges from four players in his class.

"They are still recruiting me and said they still have one more open and are looking to give it to me," Jones said of Texas.

Jones has a busy schedule that includes the Tournament of Champions, NBA Players Association Camp, the Adidas ABCD Camp as well as a couple in-state tournaments and another tourney in Kansas.

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