Greg Jones has broken through.
The 2017 combo guard out of Frisco, Texas (Wakeland) used a monster junior season to put himself on the college recruiting map. To understand the story of the 6-foot-2, 172-pound athlete, one would have to realize that it hadn’t always been like that.
Last February when Today’s U chatted with Jones, he didn’t have an offer to his credit. Thanks to a gaudy junior campaign that saw him rack up nearly 18 points per contest, schools are now hot on the trail.
Jones is cruising, and there’s certainly a wave of momentum.
“I was going into my AAU season optimistic and was really looking to put in as much work as I can,” Jones told Today’s U. “Knowing that this is my last real AAU season, if I wanted to go as an unsigned senior and play AAU — which I really didn’t want to do — this is kind of my last push.
“I was really looking to build off that and make my main focus to just work as hard as I can. I actually came out of April with two offers — New Jersey Institute of Technology and Boston University — and then finished out with my July with an offer from Army.”
A big summer also carried over into the early stages of fall — Jones garnered an offer from Lipscomb a few days ago, as well.
“It’s been a real big momentum booster. It’s really motivated me to push harder knowing that I have the opportunity to play in college and get to the next level.”
Jones is your typical team player. Individual success and personal achievement take a backseat, because he’s still eager to contribute for his high school team in a deep push into the playoffs.
That doesn’t come by going through the motions. Jones’ maturity has been on full display, taking every window of time he can to improve.
“I talked to my high school coach, and my new routine is working out from 6:15 to around 7:30 before school, then having practice from 2:45 to 4:15, and then working out again from 4:15 to 5:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” Jones explained.
That extra work has certainly paid off, too.
“In practices, I’ve been knocking the ball down like it’s nothing,” he said. “My shooting percentage has gone out (of) the roof. I’ve gone — from set-shot shooting — from about 57 percent on the gun, to shooting about 68, 69 percent on the gun from three. I’ve shot the ball much more consistently.”
A silky, smooth spot-up jumper and the ability to also explode from the baseline are just two facets of his game that make Jones a collegiate-ready player once 2017 rolls around. He’s a versatile player that’s doing everything he can both on and off the court to break through to the next level; and sure enough, it’s starting to come together.
“There are some schools that have some interest in me that haven’t offered, but I’ve been in contact with,” Jones noted. “The University of New Hampshire came down to watch me workout with NJIT last week and Xavier, Georgia State, Santa Clara, Lafayette and Tulsa have all been in the mix of teams that are interested.
“Schools around the American Athletic League like Tulsa would be awesome to get some heavy interest from. I have a lot of interest from the Patriot League and Atlantic Sun, so I’m really blessed for that”