Jones Focused On Winning State

Nearly half the ACC is showing interest in Suffolk (Va.) Nansemond River standout Andre Jones, but he has other things on his mind. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard is focused on winning a state championship.

Jones is teamed up with 6-7 post threat Nick Wright and the two have Nansemond River ranked as one of the top schools in Virginia and among the favorites to win the state championship.

"I haven't really been focused on [recruiting] because I'm trying to get a state championship first," Jones said Sunday evening. "Right now we are the number two team in the state and a lot of people think we have a good shot we just have to go out and prove it."

Individually, Jones is having a superb season and is averaging 21 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds per contest for Nansemond River, who is 20-1 on the season.

"I think I've been playing real well and I've been showing a lot of leadership on my team and that's been one of my goals this year."

Due to his great play this season, Jones has become a target for a number of schools and the four-star guard claims scholarship offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, George Mason and Old Dominion.

To go along with those four, Jones is receiving interest from Connecticut, Miami-FL, Clemson, Maryland, N.C. State and Wake Forest. Of the schools recruiting him he has made unofficial visits to Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and N.C. State.

"I had a good time at all of them. I went to a basketball game at UVA and then I went to two football games, one at Virginia Tech and one at Wake Forest. Then at N.C. State I just checked out the school."

"It was fun," Jones said when asked specifically about his Wake Forest visit. "It was real wholesome up there and it had a good environment. They scrimmaged each other for the Gold and Black game so that was fun."

Although he's taken four unofficial visits, Jones still doesn't claim a favorite. He does, however, know exactly what he's looking for.

"Just a school that me and my family like a lot and with a good coaching staff, also a school that down the road I could get a lot of playing time."


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