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Shooting Guard Matt Jones: The First Class of 2013 Duke Commit

Overview

Shooting guard Matt Jones became Duke’s first commitment in the class of 2013 when he chose the Blue Devils last November. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski beat out the likes of Florida, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas for the services of a guy who earns frequent comparisons to Ray Allen. The 6’5, 190-pound Texas native averaged nearly 20 points per game last season for DeSoto High School (TX) and is ranked in the top five in the Nike EYBL in three-point percentage through 14 games with a mark above 51%. He’s also a top-ten scorer in the league and has helped lead his Texas Titans team to a 15-5 record.

Because of the connections he has made through AAU, he should be able to help Duke before he even gets to Durham. His AAU teammate and good friend class of 2013 power forward Julius Randle is a huge priority for the Blue Devils and when asked by Duke Report, Randle said although Jones clearly wants him at Duke, he’s not putting too much pressure on him. Jones has told Duke Report that he’s also recruiting point guard Anthony Barber, shooting guard Allerik Freeman and small forward Ishmail Wainright to join him in Durham.

With Jones, Duke is obviously getting a great player on the court but they’re also getting a terrific person off the court. He’s a nice kid with good character who has a winning attitude and his head on straight. He’s the type of person you want in the locker room and in my estimation will become a fan favorite during his time in Durham because of what he does both on and off the court. Blue Devil fanatics should be as excited about Jones as Jones is about Duke.

Evaluation
Jones is one of the best, if not the best, shooters in the country regardless of the class. He has very good range out to 23 feet and is very consistent. He’s great in both catch-and-shoot situations and off the dribble and can slash to the bucket. Jones is an underrated athlete too who’s able to finish around the basket while adjusting for contact. He’s not going to “wow” you on the defensive end but he’s not bad on that end either. Jones is the type of guy who can light up the scoreboard very quickly and is a cold-blooded assassin from deep. He’s a good rebounder for his position too and utilizes pump fakes well. He has a knack for pulling up for 17-foot jumpers (and knocking them down) and is productive in the mid-range game. However, he can improve on his ball-handling and strength before arriving to Durham.

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