Will Kevin Jones join IU’s 2008 class?

  • 11/07/2007 7:00 am in

Kevin JonesFor those of you still sulking at the news of Tyler Zeller’s commitment to North Carolina, maybe there’s hope for you yet as it relates to IU’s 2008 recruiting class. (By the way, if you fall into the aforementioned category, check out this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Kevin Jones, the 6’7″ forward from Mt. Vernon (NY) and the No. 79 player in the 2008 class according to Rivals.com, is still considering the Hoosiers. He’ll make a decision sometime before the end of the early signing period on November 21.

His brother Gerard, who is handling his recruitment, offered up the following comments to our good friend Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal regarding IU’s chances:

“They definitely will be considered. Indiana is still very high on Kevin’s list of schools. There was a quote from me that was taken a little out of context about the situation that said we were wavering. We’re just looking at them closer. Kevin enjoyed the trip there and loved the fans. That’s Hoosierland and he loved those fans. But we had to look at it close because it’s a big decision. That’s not to say they lost any footing. We spoke with Kelvin Sampson and Kevin likes him a lot. We knew Rob Senderoff a lot longer because he’s from New York. He got to know our family and the history of the (high school) program. But again that’s because he was already from up here. But Kevin likes Coach Sampson a lot.”

Shortly after Rob Senderoff’s resignation, I had a feeling Senderoff leaving could hurt IU’s chances of landing Jones. However, it’s encouraging that Kelvin Sampson is picking up right where Senderoff left off.

Also of note, our friends in Columbus (losers last evening to DII powerhouse Findlay) are no longer in the running for Jones because he wasn’t ready to give the Buckeyes an answer just yet. This according to Adam Zagoria of the Herald News in New Jersey.

So here is the list of schools still in the running for the Mt. Vernon native, in no particular order: Indiana, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, Rutgers, St. John’s and Seton Hall.

If I had to handicap the race, I’d say IU, West Virginia and Pittsburgh have the best chance of landing Mr. Jones. His addition would propel IU’s current recruiting haul into another top 15 class. And more importantly, IU would add a team-first player who is capable of an immediate impact up front.

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  • ray

    very good news indeed. better news would be that the mt vernon scholar-athlete already committed, but just hearing that he is still in love with all bloomington has to offer is very exciting. i can’t wait to hear more on this nearing the end of the month. please tell me again, is kevin jones the player that has a direct tie-in to landing another recruit in lance stephenson…or is lance stephenson tied-in to a different recruit? sorry for the naivete, but i heard that there was a possible pair of indiana recruits that would base their decision partially, if not fully, on where they both agree to enroll. i think this may be for the 2009 class, but i’m uncertain. anyone know? thanks for the update Big A. i’m crossing my fingers on jones…this is the type of academic-athlete that would make the indiana faithful proud! tie-ins or not, i’m excited about jones. he would look good in the cream and crimson, and i think he would be more in love with the indiana fans once he puts on the jersey.

  • ray

    very good news indeed. better news would be that the mt vernon scholar-athlete already committed, but just hearing that he is still in love with all bloomington has to offer is very exciting. i can’t wait to hear more on this nearing the end of the month. please tell me again, is kevin jones the player that has a direct tie-in to landing another recruit in lance stephenson…or is lance stephenson tied-in to a different recruit? sorry for the naivete, but i heard that there was a possible pair of indiana recruits that would base their decision partially, if not fully, on where they both agree to enroll. i think this may be for the 2009 class, but i’m uncertain. anyone know? thanks for the update Big A. i’m crossing my fingers on jones…this is the type of academic-athlete that would make the indiana faithful proud! tie-ins or not, i’m excited about jones. he would look good in the cream and crimson, and i think he would be more in love with the indiana fans once he puts on the jersey.

  • kelin

    Thanks Big A I was thinking about this since TZ signed with UNC. I have not seen KJ play but at midnight madness he is built like a house, similar frame as DJ but seems to be more muscular. Nice going MSU and OSU…gotta be careful of the D2 schools.

    If it is ideally IU, Pitt, and WV, I would say we have a strong chance. Our fan base may very well play a role in this one. Good job IU faithful…..

  • kelin

    Thanks Big A I was thinking about this since TZ signed with UNC. I have not seen KJ play but at midnight madness he is built like a house, similar frame as DJ but seems to be more muscular. Nice going MSU and OSU…gotta be careful of the D2 schools.

    If it is ideally IU, Pitt, and WV, I would say we have a strong chance. Our fan base may very well play a role in this one. Good job IU faithful…..

  • slojoe

    Ray, I believe that KJ was linked with his AAU teammate Mookie Jones who I believe committed to Syracuse. Syracuse not in the mix for KJ. But I think if KJ signs with IU that will be a very slight plus with Stephenson. Senderoff was our NY link, and as he is gone having 2 NY guys committ after Senderoff’s resignation may give him more confidence with IU. In my opinion how we do this year is important. It looks like IU will be playing a style of play conducive to his game, and if we make final 4 or 8 and EJ & EJ go high in the draft, we will be in great shape with him.

  • slojoe

    Ray, I believe that KJ was linked with his AAU teammate Mookie Jones who I believe committed to Syracuse. Syracuse not in the mix for KJ. But I think if KJ signs with IU that will be a very slight plus with Stephenson. Senderoff was our NY link, and as he is gone having 2 NY guys committ after Senderoff’s resignation may give him more confidence with IU. In my opinion how we do this year is important. It looks like IU will be playing a style of play conducive to his game, and if we make final 4 or 8 and EJ & EJ go high in the draft, we will be in great shape with him.

  • Mark

    C’mon Kevin!! What are you waiting for? No better fans than the Hoosier fans!! Come help us win another title. Ke-vin Jones, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!! We love New York!!

  • Mark

    C’mon Kevin!! What are you waiting for? No better fans than the Hoosier fans!! Come help us win another title. Ke-vin Jones, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!! We love New York!!

  • jaime gongora

    I was from New York and went to IU. I loved every minute of it. I have no doubt that he will too.
    jaime

  • jaime gongora

    I was from New York and went to IU. I loved every minute of it. I have no doubt that he will too.
    jaime

  • Matt

    Maybe we should send this Link to him and his bro…
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=3094969&sportCat=ncb

    And highlight Minute 33, 37, 38, 39…

    A very nice read also for those who have yet to see.

    Do Work

  • Matt

    Maybe we should send this Link to him and his bro…
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=3094969&sportCat=ncb

    And highlight Minute 33, 37, 38, 39…

    A very nice read also for those who have yet to see.

    Do Work

  • Craig

    Do Work???

  • Craig

    Do Work???

  • Do work, son. Twenty-twos!

  • Do work, son. Twenty-twos!

  • Matt

    Ok, it is offcial the theme of this Years IU Ball Club is “DO Work”

  • Matt

    Ok, it is offcial the theme of this Years IU Ball Club is “DO Work”

  • james twitty sr

    WE WANT KELVIN JONES TO PLAY BASKETBALL FOR I.U..HELP US WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

  • james twitty sr

    WE WANT KELVIN JONES TO PLAY BASKETBALL FOR I.U..HELP US WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

  • Alan

    I do not understand why anyone would think Kevin Jones will come to Indiana. All of the comments I have read from his brother about IU, while very respectful, are not enthusiastic.

    I do not think there is a leader, but I do think the phone call problem will hurt IU’s chances.

    In my opinion, the phone call problem closed the door for this year’s recruiting, but unless the NCAA imposes additional penalties, it should not affect next year’s recruiting.

  • Alan

    I do not understand why anyone would think Kevin Jones will come to Indiana. All of the comments I have read from his brother about IU, while very respectful, are not enthusiastic.

    I do not think there is a leader, but I do think the phone call problem will hurt IU’s chances.

    In my opinion, the phone call problem closed the door for this year’s recruiting, but unless the NCAA imposes additional penalties, it should not affect next year’s recruiting.