The last time we saw Jones was back in June at the Nike IS8 Championships, and he has improved many facets of his game since then. Thanks to teammate Tyreke Evans
receiving plenty of attention from the defense, Jones found himself in one-on-one situations for the entire game against Patterson School and made the most of the match up.
What Jones lacks in height he makes up for with tremendous athleticism. He has a great first step, excellent open court speed, and an explosive vertical which he isnt afraid to unleash in traffic. His body control is very good, allowing him to finish a lot of tough shots in the lane. With that said, Joness slashing game is really set up by his excellent outside shooting. He has a shooters mindset, in that if you give him any room at all he will unleash shots from most anywhere on the floor. He has great range and a quick release, making him a real catch and shoot threat. While Jones did show some ability to shoot off the dribble, he is clearly most comfortable right now when he can spot up.
Jones impressed on the defensive end. His lateral quickness is good and he has nice instincts. He puts constant pressure on his man, forcing a fair number of turnovers, and he even got a five-second violation called against his opponent this weekend. Joness quick hands make him a constant threat to pick up steals and deflect passes.
Jones is an intriguing prospect, much like a Chris Lofton
in that he is an undersized shooting guard who is a real threat on the perimeter, but needs to develop point guard skills if he hopes to be successful at the next level. Jones looks like he might be a little more explosive around the basket than Lofton is (although quite a bit shorter), and that will help a good deal when he gets to the Big East in a couple of years.