Carl Jones Steps Up

Carl Jones made big strides on the national AAU circuit this weekend at the King James tournament in his hometown state of Ohio. Jones has long been on the radar for Michigan but has looked thus far to be someone right on the border between a top tier kid and a second tier kid. Jones is not the typical “Beilein guard recruit” at only 5-11 because it is said that Beilein loves big guards. Iowa and St. Joe’s have recently made a push for Jones and offered him and it would be a good bet that more high-majors will follow. Anyways here is some of the reports on Jones this weekend:

Rivals King James Top Suprises:

Coming into the April period, a number of Big Ten schools wanted to know if the 5-foot-11 floor general was a player that could succeed at the highest level. After a stellar weekend of work in his home state, Jones clearly answered the call.

He showed on different occasions that he could be a scorer when needed and a passer when needed. There were times in games when he mixed the two together nicely. Jones torched the Mean Streets team, one of the best defensive-minded clubs on the circuit, for nearly 30 points with silky smooth jumpers and heady plays to the basket.

Offensively, Jones showed the full arsenal of moves that he has up his sleeve. Defensively, he matched up well against the Mean Streets’ D.J. Cooper, a fine mid-level point guard, and held him to one made field goal.

Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Matta, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins and others were treated to a 31-point effort by Jones, a 5-11 guard. Jones, canning two 3-point shots and displaying a variety of moves to the basket, scored 21 of his points during a seven-minute span of the second half, then scored six more points in overtime as his Ohio Basketball Club edged The Family (Detroit), 59-55, in a 17-and-under game.

Rivals King James Sunday:

The Ohio Basketball Club enjoyed a deep run into the tournament bracket thanks to the steady play of 2009 guard Carl Jones.

Jones dropped a cool 29 points on the Mean Streets, scoring at will with an array of moves. The 5-foot-9 guard for the Ohio Basketball Club is a fine jump shooter. He knocked down three triples and got the line time and time again in the quarterfinals.

He was paired against D.J. Cooper, a fine mid-major target at the point guard spot. Jones won the battle and left little doubt about it. Cooper scored six quiet points. Jones is a crafty customer with the ball in his hands and put his staple on a great weekend for the Ohio Basketball Club.

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