Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Derrick Jones: No Favorites, Will Wait to Take Visits
By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOGCOLUMBIA, S.C. –– Derrick Jones put on a solid showing with 13 points and 7 rebounds on Saturday at the Chick Fil A Classic in a 54-47 win over Thon Maker and Carlisle (Va.) in front of a crowd that included North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson.
“I feel like I played OK today,” Jones told SNY.tv after the game. “We have another game tomorrow, so I’m gonna need to play better, but I felt like I played okay today.”
Ranked 18th in the Class of 2015 by ESPN, Jones is a 6-foot-6, 190 pound lefty out of Radnor Archbishop John Carroll (Pa.) who has an ever-improving jump shot, and athletic ability that is undeniable. He recently received an offer from Indiana, and got one from Arizona in September. His stock has been rising since last summer.
“Syracuse, Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova, Temple, St. Joe’s, UNC and UConn are recruiting me the hardest right now,” Jones said. “I don’t have any favorites right now, I’m just focusing on my junior year, and will think about it more when the season ends.”
Jones wants a good atmosphere at college.
“I’m gonna see if I feel comfortable at each school when I take the visit,” Jones said. “Comfortable with the coaching staff, the players, and the school. But right now, I’m just gonna see who calls the most, and then I’ll see where I’ll take my visits.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.