"I've just had weird growth spurts," Jones explained.
Now, as a solidly built 6-8, 220-pound forward, he displays the diverse skills developed while playing the inside and outside positions over the years. He's at home on the perimeter, dribbling and passing like a guard and firing long-range shots. Yet he looks like he belongs in the paint, with a reliable hook shot in his arsenal of crafty post moves and good instincts on the offensive boards.
Jones sees himself as a small forward, and whether he's that and not more of a combo forward at the college level is up for debate, yet his unquestionable wide-ranging skill set makes the lefty a versatile weapon wherever he plays.
"I can pretty much play any position so I just adapt to what we need on the court, who's guarding me," Jones said.
His unselfishness and eagerness to run the floor made him a good fit for his talented NBPA Camp team this week, which went undefeated, as he picked his spots and contributed wherever needed.
Jones seems unconcerned with his recruitment at the moment, choosing not to focus on his school list - which he says stands at 17 programs - this summer.
"I plan on narrowing it down to a top five at the end of the summer," he said, adding that he won't make any campus visits this summer. "I'm going to cut it down and then take visits to those schools."
He says Arizona, Oklahoma, Maryland and Indiana are recruiting him the hardest and that he's already taken unofficial visits to Georgetown, North Carolina and Cal. The Chapel Hill trip occurred this spring.
"I was on a college tour with a program in Portland and my coach called Coach Roy and told him I'd be in Carolina and he called," Jones said. "He came there during the Final Four – I don't even know if the players were there – but he let me come into his office, I talked to him and he showed me around."
UNC had shown interest prior to that trip, and Jones says the Tar Heel staff's recruitment of him has "picked up a little bit" since then, though UNC has not yet offered. Jones said he recently spoke with UNC assistant coach Joe Holladay.