“They’re schools I’m very interested in; they have good programs,” Jones told NRS. “I like both of their coaching staffs and like I said, I’m very interested in both of those schools so I decided I wanted to make a trip to see both of their campuses and see what they’re like.”
While he takes those two visits October 19-21, he also knows what aspects of the program he wants to get a better feel for.
“I’m looking at the school itself,” Jones added, “the education is the main thing. I look at the style of play and coaching philosophy. What the school brings to the table, if I feel that I can fit in and the type of players at the school on and off the court are also what I look for.”
Duke and North Carolina are two of the schools who have been in recent contact with him, Jones said, in addition to Ohio State, Michigan State, Kansas, Baylor, Stanford, Kentucky, Minnesota and Indiana. He has also visited Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Baylor.
One thing that could end up influencing where the 6’2, 175-pound Minnesota native attends college is what another top prospect in the class of 2014 does — center Jahlil Okafor.
“We definitely want to play together,” Jones said. “We talk on somewhat of a regular basis on how our recruiting is going and what we’re thinking and how we feel about certain schools. We both want to and we both would really like to attend college together so we’re going to try our best to make it happen. If everything goes as planned, we’ll be attending the same college freshman year.”
Jones identifies Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota, Duke, Baylor, Arizona and North Carolina as the schools who have offered both him and Okafor. In the meantime, the top point guard in the junior class says he has no idea when he’ll commit and that he’s just taking the process one step at a time.
“I don’t have a timetable for committing,” he added. “I’m taking the recruiting process slowly so I’m not really rushing anything. I’m reviewing my options.”