Jean Staying Patient

Gibsonton (Fla.) point guard Jonathan Jean has been taking the recruiting process in stride. With a flurry of new interest from college programs, will the decision process escalate?

Gibsonton (Fla.) point guard Jonathan Jean thought the recruiting process would be a struggle. His idea of the process was frustration and confusion, trying to identify which program was the best option for him.

However, as his recruitment has picked up so has his excitement. What the junior once believed to be stressful has now resulted into other emotions.

"Honestly, I kind of like this process," Jean said. "At first I thought it was going to be a little stressful. It's kind of fun and interesting. It's a good process to go through and I'm enjoying the feeling of it."

Jean (5-11, 160 lbs.) holds six offers to his credit, along with interest from a variety of programs. Despite the increased attention, Jean doesn't plan to rush the process.

"As of right now I have offers from West Virginia, South Florida, UCF, FAU, Florida Gulf Coast and Tulane," Jean said. "I have a lot of interest from Clemson, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Butler.

"I'm just going to be patient," he continued. "I'm just waiting out to see what else comes in and be patient on the decision."

West Virginia, one of the earliest programs to pull the trigger with an offer, is squarely in the mix for Jean, in large part because of head coach Bob Huggins and assistant Erik Martin.

"I like Coach Martin," Jean said. "We talk and he hits me up on the weekends and like every other week. [We] have a cool connection and he's a really cool guy. We just talk about life and stuff. He's a cool guy. I also think West Virginia has one of the best coaches in college history in Bob Huggins."

While Jean insists he'll continue to be patient with the process, he has considered narrowing down his list of suitors in the near future.

"I've been thinking and talking with my mom and brother and narrowing my list down after AAU this year. It'll be around end of July or August and I should have my Top five."

Last season Jean averaged 16 points and seven assists per game to go along with four rebounds per outing.


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