As much as today's top high school stars are looking to play right away on the college level, it's really got to be tough when they have to sit out on the high school level. That's exactly what 6-foot-4 shooting guard Bryce Jones had to do this year after transferring to Taft in Woodland Hills for his junior season.
While it was tough watching, Jones did his best to make the most of what was essentially a redshirt season.
"It's kind of hard sometimes," said Jones of sitting out. "I still went to the games to support my team but it's tough when you are watching their ups and downs like going to the city championship and losing that. I got to practice and I had to play j.v. so that was tough."
This spring, Jones has been busy making up for lost time. Playing with the Compton Magic, the slender wing has been impressive on the grassroots circuit showing off his shooting and above average athletic ability.
"I just try to go out and do what I know I can do," said Jones. "I try to play with the team and win every game. I slash, get to the basket, shoot from mid range and maybe make a couple of threes."
Unfortunately for Jones, the NCAA's changes to rules that had allowed coaches to go out and watch spring events has meant that he's been blowing up without the benefit of college looks. However, a few schools have jumped on board including Tim Floyd's Trojans.
While USC is in the beginning stages of their recruitment of Jones, the lines of communication have been opened and they are trying to get him on campus in the near future.
"They've mostly talked to my parents a lot," Jones told SC Playbook. "I just know that they want me to come over for their elite camp."
Interested to see who else jumps on board with his recruitment, Jones is focused on adding beef to his lean frame and making sure he finishes strong in the classroom. After that, he'll look to set up a more serious list and start assessing who fits and who doesn't.
"Probably at the end of school," said Jones of when he'll get more serious and what he'll look for in schools. "The kind of field I want to go into in school, the level of the program and a nice environment around it."