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Andrew Jones to Texas: Longhorns Land 4-Star Guard Prospect

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2015

Credit: 247Sports

Andrew Jones had been deliberating on which school to continue his basketball journey at for some time, but the 4-star combo guard decided to squash speculation and commit to the Texas Longhorns.

Jones announced the decision in an interview with Evan Daniels of Scout.com:

Over the past couple months, since the end of July, I've built a strong relationship with coach [Shaka] Smart. It was to the point where we were texting every morning. He was sending me motivational quotes about how to be a leader and how to stay positive.

We would also exchange diagramed plays and would send me plays that we could potential run next year and how I could easily score. We just become very close on a personal level.

Over the past year, Jones has emerged as a coveted prospect. He received offers from over 20 schools, with prominent programs like Arizona, Baylor, Louisville, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M standing out on a crowded list.

Entering his senior season at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, Jones ranks as the fifth-best combo guard among all 2016 recruits.

But Jones wasn't always one of the nation's most sought-after recruits. According to 247Sports (via the Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe), Jones burst onto the scene by averaging 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game while knocking down 33 percent of his three-point attempts at the Peach Jam showcase.

"I've seen him play, but he didn't really capture my attention," 247Sports' Jerry Meyer told Pascoe. "At Peach Jam, he kind of differentiated himself from the others. He was the primary playmaker, a slasher near the basket, making shots. He's very good at slashing."

Jones' jump shot is still developing, but he's a high-energy creator who uses his length and athleticism exceptionally well around the rim.

Raw physical abilities will give Jones a foundation to build upon at the collegiate level, but he'll need to refine his catch-and-shoot jumper to make defenses pay on a regular basis.

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Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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