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June 15, 2006
FREE: Jones will end up at Charlotte this weekend
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Since reopening his recruitment, after giving Maryland a verbal commitment, Jeff Jones has been accustomed to working hard during AAU tournaments trying to show different schools what he had to offer.
This weekend he can relax and let those schools show him what they have to offer, when he starts his three school tour.
Jones, a 6-5 shooting guard from Wilmington, Del., will head to Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and end up at Charlotte on Sunday. He's already visited Virginia and NC State.
"It's my first time seeing all of these schools," Jones said. "I'm looking for the best situation, best academics, style of play, and how I get along with the coaching staff."
Jones said each school is on an even level.
The edge that Charlotte has on the other schools is that Jones is close with associate head coach Rob Moxley.
Jones said that among the coaches recruiting him, he and Moxley have the "tightest relationship."
"That's big because when I go to the school I pick, I'm going to have to be with those coaches," Jones said. "That's why getting along with the coaches is important, and I have a nice relationship with coach Moxley."
When Moxley was at Maryland he got Jones to join him, and when he left to take the Charlotte job it didn't puzzle Jones when Moxley told him to honor his commitment to the Terps.
"I know what kind of guy he is," Jones said. "I just had a different thought in my mind than going to Maryland."
Once Jones decided that he needed to reconsider Terp Town officially, Moxley jumped back in the picture. And while Jones has certain things he'll be looking for this weekend, particularly at Charlotte, he knows that he'll be in good hands come Sunday.
"Coach Moxley said they're going to roll out the red carpet for me," Jones said.
Still Jones doesn't foresee even the red carpet treatment swaying him into an early decision.
"I want to take my time," Jones said. "I've gotten to know a lot about Charlotte. I know about Eddie Basden, Rodney White and all of them. And I really like their style of play. Coach Moxley has been telling me a lot about those different players and the program. They're the last stop this weekend."
And Charlotte's coaching staff and fans are hoping that's symbolic.
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