May 15, 2009

Jones eyes local schools

Jamail Jones is a talented forward from Greenforest Christian Academy in Decatur and there is chance he might be staying close to home when he makes his college selection. Several schools have been recruiting the six-foot-six 200-pound wing who is currently the 75th ranked recruit on

What is the most important thing in your recruitment?

"I want to find the school that's the right fit for me."

What are some of your top offers right now?

"I don't really have any top schools, but I have offers from Xavier, Marquette, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia State, Oregon, Stanford, providence, Kentucky, and Boston College."
What are your thoughts on the Georgia Tech program in general?

"Since coach Charlton Young left, I haven't had any contact with them. I know Tech does a good job of developing players and they had a great class this year coming in. I am just waiting to see what they do. They got Mfon, Glen Rice Jr., and Derrick Favors. I want to see what they do this year, they should be pretty good. I know Coach Paul Hewitt is a really good coach."

What is your relationship like with the University of Georgia coaching staff?

"They are real cool dudes. Coach Mark Fox called me, we had a pretty good talk, and we are building a pretty good relationship. I feel like they are a program that is rebuilding. They have good facilities and they are trying to make it better."

Do you feel any pressure to commit early, have any fear of losing a spot?

"I don't feel any pressure but I want to feel needed, not wanted."

What role does your head coach play in your recruiting?

"My High School coach doesn't really have a role in my recruitment, but my coach from Hoop Planet takes care of everything for me. He helps me break the school down to see what they already have on campus, what they are bringing in, and he lets me know what style of play they have."

How important is it to stay close to home?

"It's pretty important, but if a better school comes along on the west coast like Stanford, UCLA, or USC is a better fit for me, then I'll go there."

What are your plans for the rest of the summer?

"As of right now, I'm going to the Pangos camps in southern California, Vince Carter camp in Orlando, Lebron James camp in Ohio and I'm not of what else Ill do."

Do you have any goals for this summer or your senior year?

"My goal last summer was to get my name out there and get known. I've already accomplished that, so now I want to be a top 30 player by the end of the summer."

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