Kevin Jones Talks About His Offers

Reporter Brian Towey has an important recruiting update on Kevin Jones ...

For Kevin Jones, the groundswell of recruiting interest that took root during his junior season has not become unbearable. At least, not yet. At 6-foot-7 with a pillowy perimeter touch, the face-up four-man used an outstanding junior season for State Federation champion Mount Vernon High School to vault himself onto high major watch lists. His following continues to grow.

"Kentucky, Indiana, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, UMass, St. John's, Syracuse, Louisville," said Jones. "Everybody except UConn has offered."

Jones was offered by the old staff at Kentucky. He is not sure of his standing with Billy Gillispie's crew.

A number of programs shadowed Jones' Westchester Hawks team at the Pitt Jamfest this weekend, among them St. John's, UMass, Syracuse, and Rutgers. It's worth noting that many of those programs are also recruiting Peekskill forward Mookie Jones, who also plays with the Hawks.

The Hawks bowed out in the first round of the playoffs in Pittsburgh to a gritty Positive Image team from Philadelphia, an uncharacteristically early loss for a crew that did major damage on the circuit last spring and summer. They'll be back this weekend looking to rebound at the LeBron James tourney in Akron.

Jones has excellent hands and strong footwork. He is nimble around the rim with a soft touch in close. He is very dangerous as a catch-and-shoot guy on the wing, having extended his shooting range beyond the arc as a junior. He's comfortable shooting from mid-range and loves the elbow areas, but this season established himself as a legitimate long-range threat.

Jones didn't have an overwhelming weekend shooting the ball in Pittsburgh, but was solid overall. He dropped in 22 points in the playoff loss to Positive Image, showing the type of inside-out game that coaches covet.

The recruiting chase for the agile big man will only intensify through the spring and into summer. Recently, Kevin earned an invitation to the NBA Players' Association top 100 camp in Richmond, Va., in June, which will give him an opportunity to compete against some of the nation's best. As his recruitment unfolds, Jones appears to have a good handle on things, and a tentative timetable for the process. He is in no hurry.

"Hopefully by the end of the summer I'll have a top five," said Jones. "Hopefully I can make a decision by the end of the (next) school year."

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