The North Carolina staff saw Jones extensively on the summer circuit, as he teamed with Julius Randle - a top Tar Heel target -- on the Texas Titans.
It was a visit from the UNC head coach last Wednesday that signified the interest was quickly on the rise.
"He came to one of my workouts and I was surprised," Jones said. "I'm not that surprised -- but I'm excited."
Jones's first thoughts about UNC?
"Just the fact that Coach Williams knows how to use his guys and I like the system and I like their players," he said.
The possibility of a visit came up in the conversation with Williams. Jones, who has a visit scheduled for Oct. 14 to Duke, is considering adding UNC to his itinerary.
"I was thinking about going after visiting Duke - I could drive to UNC," he said. "So that could be possible."
Jones has a lengthy list that includes Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.
Scout.com ranks Jones as the No. 5 shooting guard in the 2013 class and the No. 23 prospect overall.
Scouting Report: "His name was already known, but he got somewhat overshadowed by the nation's top player in 2013 – Julius Randle. Jones is a 6-foot-4 shooter that reminds us of 2012 Duke commit Rasheed Sulaimon. His game is predicated on the fact that he can really shoot the ball from long range, but he's also capable of going for one and two dribble pull-ups and ripping the nets. He is so smooth on the basketball floor. He still can stand to improve some off the bounce to help keep defenders honest, but Jones has such a smooth stroke from deep with good size and athleticism that he is a brutal matchup for opponents." -- Evan Daniels, Scout.com