4-Star Guard Talks Recruiting

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Monsignor Bonner (Drexel Hill, PA) star guard Jeff Jones has made unofficial visits in recent weeks to Charlotte, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, respectively. The 6-4 standout hopes to make more trips in the near future as he aims to narrow his list of schools by the end of August.

“I thought about trimming my list down in August sometime,” Jones said. “I’ll trim down my list and go from there. It will probably be about five or six.”

In late May, Jones de-committed from the University of Maryland. He had committed to Gary Williams’ program last November and felt he made too early of a decision.

“It was tough doing that, but at the same time it’s for me,” Jones said. “The four years are going to be the most important four years of my life. I thought I rushed into it. I just want to make the right choice for me basketball-wise and academic-wise and as a person.”

Maryland remains under consideration, as Jones said “they are definitely still in the running along with a whole lot of schools. I’m not ruling them out.”

Among the other programs to extend scholarship offers are Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. In addition to the recent unofficial visits listed above, Jones has also traveled to the University of Virginia in recent months. He is considering a visit to Arizona — which is recruiting him but has not yet offered — and mentioned the possibility of re-visiting schools such as Virginia and Wake Forest in coming months.

“I’m going to try and make as many unofficials as I can to get the feel of the school, the feel of the coaches and the feel of the environment,” Jones said.

Jones talked about his experiences at UVa and Virginia Tech. He has been to each school once.

“At Virginia, the coaches are my type of guys. They push their players to be the best academically and also basketball-wise,” Jones said. “That’s something I really like about Virginia. Coach Seymour is on me pretty hard. The new arena has everything in there. What basketball player wouldn’t like that? Everything’s right there.

“For Virginia Tech, the campus was really nice. They kept saying I needed to see the campus. When I went out there I really saw what they were talking about. The campus is really, really nice. They said they’re losing two guards when I come in, so playing time will