Two dream schools, potential package deal for No. 66 2018 SF Tevian Jones

July 15 -- Scout's 66th ranked 2018 prospect, small forward Tevian Jones showed the major progress he's made as a prospect on Wednesday at the Double Pump Best of Summer. The four-star wing has a couple of dream schools and says he could end up as one half of a package deal...

When Scout first watched Tevian Jones in December of 2015 with his Chandler (Ariz.) high school team, there were several reasons to be optimistic about his future.

He was about 6-foot-4 at the time but was on the very young side of the 2018 class, had good size and length, had been growing and showed impressive athleticism and feel. Further, his older brother, Torren Jones, was a key player on an NCAA tournament squad at Fresno State.

In the spring, Tevian started the transformation from prospect to player, earning his way into Scout's 2018 rankings, coming in at 66th.

A few months later and Jones has clearly outplayed his ranking. He's now a wing at 6-foot-6 and 185 pounds, has developed into a high level athlete, has improved his jumper, rebounding, passing and handle.

As good as Jones has become so quickly, he's just scratching the surface. Still, he knows that he's a different player now than he was just a few months ago.

"It's clicking for me," Jones said. "I've been in the gym a lot more working on my shot and my defense. I'm a lot more confident.

"I got my shot better, I've been able to get to the basket better, my defense is getting better, I'm getting my teammates involved and I'm stepping up and being a leader. I still want to work on my defense. I'm trying to defend, block shots and talk more."

Over the last week, Jones picked up two offers, while Nevada, Gonzaga, USC, Pepperdine, Rice and UCLA are amongst the schools showing interest.

"Grand Canyon and San Diego State both offered," Jones said. "I'm just trying to stay humble and do the same things that got me here."

There are two dream schools for Jones and he's discussing going to one of the two of them as a package deal along with one of his Cal Supreme teammates.

"Me and Shareef O'Neal are talking about going to the same school, either UCLA or Arizona. That's who I want to be recruited by and I'm getting recruited by UCLA right now," Jones said.

"We both like how they play. We like their style of play and their staffs. We looked them up together and want to stick together."

Jones has some familiarity with both programs.

"I went to a UCLA game against Arizona and I liked how they pushed the ball up the floor, ran their offense and let their players play," he said. "Same thing with Arizona. It's the same playing style. I like those two schools a lot."

There's still plenty of time to go in Jones' recruitment and he has an idea of what he wants in a school.

"I want the best opportunity on and off the court," Jones said. "With academics, basketball and everything."

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