Wed, 11/11/2009 - 15:58 — Press Release
Milwaukee – The Marquette University men’s basketball program has signed prep standout Jamail Jones to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Buzz Williams announced Wednesday morning.
Jones, a 6-6, 205-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have four years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.
“From the very first time I met Jamail, I genuinely appreciated his spirit,” Williams said. “In many ways, he reminded me of Wesley Matthews during that initial encounter. He has an outgoing personality, he is confident in who he is, yet humble and thankful for where he is. His parents and coaches have been perfect role models for him and within minutes he is someone you want to root for on and off the floor.”
Jones is considered one of the nation’s top prospects by several recruiting services. He is ranked 61st by ESPN.com’s ESPNU 100, 65th by Rivals.com, 74th by Hoopmasters.com and 112th by HoopScoopOnline.com.
He competed his junior campaign in 2008-09 at Green Forest Christian Academy in Decatur, Ga., and posted season averages of 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.0 blocks per game. The Eagles advanced to the state playoffs after capturing the regional title and concluded the year with an overall record of 26-4. For his efforts, Jones was named the region’s most valuable player and he claimed the same accolade from his team.
Jones helped the squad to a 16-9 overall record in 2007-08 and was named the program’s offensive player of the year after contributing 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per contest. He also earned a spot on the all-region team.
A three-year letterwinner at the school, Jones was tabbed to the all-region roster as a freshman and was also the squad’s newcomer of the year.
On the AAU circuit, Jones competed for Hoop Planet in tournaments across the nation, including the Grassroots Basketball of America event.
Jones will play at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., in 2009-10 under head coach Kevin Sutton.
“He has continued to improve since he committed, and I anticipate that is what I will be saying this time next year,” Williams added. “His versatility will allow him to do multiple things on both ends of the floor and as we continue to shape our roster, that is one of the characteristics we value the most.”