2016 guard will take official to SMU

2016 Irving MacArthur guard Andrew Jones talked with Scott about his recruitment and SMU interest.

The more he plays, the more 2016 MacArthur (Tex.) shooting guard Andrew Jones solidifies himself as a high-major talent.

At the Great American Shootout, Jones attracted the likes of Scott Drew (Baylor), Bruce Weber (K-State), Larry Brown, Billy Kennedy (Texas A&M) and Shaka Smart (Texas) thanks to his elite speed and athleticism.

Since his breakout performance at GASO, Jones has picked up offers from Arizona, Texas, Virginia and Oklahoma, but the Irving native has also been hearing from the hometown team quite a bit.

“I have a great relationship with (SMU),” Jones said. “I talk to Coach K.T. almost everyday.”

Since SMU got in contact with Jones, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound rising senior has been in constant contact with SMU’s Coach Turner.

Turner and Jones have developed a close bond with each other, which is extremely important to Jones when it comes to finding the right college coaching staff.

“He’s just really easy to relate to,” the Pro Skills guard said. “He’ll call and we’ll talk for 15 or 20 minutes and sometimes it won’t even be about basketball. He’ll call to just say what’s up. And if I need anything, I feel comfortable going to talk to him about it.”

Turner hasn’t been the only one keeping close tabs on Jones.

Head coach Larry Brown speaks with Jones regularly and has watched him on a number of occasions, and Jones realizes the impact the Hall of Famer could have on his game if he were to be coached by the legend.

“It would be great. You know, not many kids get to say they’ve been coaches by a Hall of Fame coach who has won championships at every level,” Jones said.

While Jones has visited the Hilltop before, and said he enjoyed the “homey feel,” the elite guard said he plans to take an official visit to SMU in the fall.

No dates have been set at this point, but Jones said his visits are in the works at the moment and he hopes to take them before the start of his final high school season.

Despite all the high praise for the SMU program, Jones admits that he has no favorites at this point and he doesn’t plan on making a decision until the spring signing period.

No matter where he ends up, Jones hopes to find a second home in the school he chooses.

“A friendly environment and somewhere I can see myself living after graduation,” Jones said.

Besides SMU, Jones says Baylor, Arizona, Oklahoma State and Texas are showing strong interest.

But even with Jones’ recruitment heating up, the rising senior is still focused on improving his game over the course of his summer play.

“Becoming a better defender, on ball, is important,” Jones said. “Playing defense the whole time is my main focus point (this summer).”

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