It may be the first week of school, but for high school senior basketball prospects who are still uncommitted, crunch time is right around the corner. The early signing period for basketball recruits to sign letters of intent is only eight weeks away, and the official visit season is getting underway.
That's where 6-foot-10 Yates High School (TX) forward Anthony Jones finds himself as he plans to take his first official visit. The Scout.com four-star recruit will be making the 3.5 hour drive up highway 6 to Waco where he'll spend the weekend visiting Coach Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears.
"I'm visiting Baylor this weekend. I'll be going up Friday," Jones said. "Coach Drew has supported me and has been watching me play since the 7th or 8th grade. They've always been there."
Jones has been to Baylor on several occasions in the past, so he'll be focusing his attention on the players and how he fits in with the team rather than the sites of Waco and the Baylor campus.
"I know the coaches, but I don't know many of the players," Jones said. "I want to see how I fit in with them socially and just hang out."
This weekend's visit is the only trip currently scheduled, although the Scout.com No. 43 national recruit is currently trying to schedule a few more visits in the coming weeks.
"I spoke to the A&M coaches today and we're trying to get a visit lined up," Jones said. "I'll probably take an official visit there in a couple of weeks."
Jones was once committed to the Aggies briefly, but even though he backed away from that pledge, the Aggies are still under consideration.
"I know Deandre Jordan and BJ Holmes who are there now," Jones said. "So I'm familiar with some of the players and it's a good program."
Jones is open to additional visits, and schools like Texas and Oklahoma State among other colleges are in contention for a possible visit.
"We'll see what happens with Texas. I haven't talked to their coaches about a visit yet," Jones said. "I'm not sure about other visits. I'd like to schedule some more visits, but I may make a decision after taking these first couple of trips. I'm not sure."
Jones says his top three choices at this time are still Baylor, Texas A&M, and Texas. He intends to ink a letter of intent in the early November signing period so he can focus on his senior season.
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