CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – High-flying Philadelphia wing Derrick Jones is only a few months away from his senior season of high school basketball, but he isn’t in much of a rush to end his recruitment.
“It’s still kind of early in the process,” he said from the NBPA Top 100 Camp. “I’ve just been focused on my game and getting better.”
Jones was one of the stars of this camp last year, when he showcased a series of highlight-reel dunks that drew oohs and aahs from all over John Paul Jones Arena.
Kentucky extended a scholarship offer a few weeks later, and the UK coaching staff has remained in contact throughout the recruitment.
“They’re still in touch,” Jones told the Herald-Leader. “Coach Calipari just told me that he wanted me to take my time and he thinks I would fit great in his system. It’s still one of the schools that I could potentially go to.”
The highly athletic, 6-foot-7 prospect also continues to hear from Syracuse, Louisville, Indiana, UConn, Villanova, North Carolina and Kansas.
All of the most recent predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page are in favor of the Orange, but Jones says he doesn’t have any favorites at the moment. 247 ranks him as the No. 18 overall prospect in the class of 2015.
He said he definitely plans to visit Lexington before making a college decision, and that trip could come as early as this month.
“I want to be around players where I can feel like myself and I can be me,” he said. “(I want) a big school and a good fan base. I’m one of those players who — if I’m out on the break and there’s a big crowd chanting for me and I get a dunk – that’s going to get my motor running even more.”