2013 Texas guard Matt Jones talks Indiana interest

Even with nine verbal commitments secured for the next three recruiting classes, the Indiana coaching staff continues to relentlessly pursue top prospects from around the country.

One of the latest players to garner interest from the Hoosiers is Matt Jones, a guard from DeSoto, Texas.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound sharpshooter is the No. 21 player nationally in the 2013 class according to ESPN.com and a consensus top 30 prospect.

After watching him play with the Texas Titans at the Super Showcase in Orlando, the Indiana coaching staff quickly reached out to express their interest and offer a scholarship.

“The message was really just telling me stuff about IU,” Jones told Inside the Hall of a conversation he had with Indiana coach Tom Crean. “Just telling me about the program and how great it is academic wise and trying to get me down for an unofficial.”

Jones, who described his recruitment as wide-open, also holds offers from Baylor, Duke, Houston, TCU, Texas A & M and Texas and interest from numerous high-major schools including Florida, Kansas and Memphis.

The Texas native has garnered accolades from national scouts for his ability to shoot from the perimeter, but he has a well-rounded game.

“I can play defense, shoot the ball, go to the hole,” he said. “I can basically just do whatever the coach needs me to do.”

The next step in the process for Jones will be unofficial visits this fall. He’s already planning trips to Duke, Florida and Kansas and didn’t rule out the possibility of making a trip to Bloomington.

“If I ever get a chance, I would go up there,” he said.

Here’s a look at Jones from the Spiece Run ‘N Slam Classic last May from CityLeagueHoopsTV:

  • Steve

    Good talent,but.. doesn’t sound very optimistic about the HOOSIERS..If I ever get a chance ???? Don’t waste too much time on him..

  • Steve

    Good talent,but.. doesn’t sound very optimistic about the HOOSIERS..If I ever get a chance ???? Don’t waste too much time on him..

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Scheduling unofficial visits on your own dime to places all around the country probably isn’t the easiest thing to do. He definitely sounded interested in learning more about Indiana, they’ve offered him and he said he’s wide open.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Scheduling unofficial visits on your own dime to places all around the country probably isn’t the easiest thing to do. He definitely sounded interested in learning more about Indiana, they’ve offered him and he said he’s wide open.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Scheduling unofficial visits on your own dime to places all around the country probably isn’t the easiest thing to do. He definitely sounded interested in learning more about Indiana, they’ve offered him and he said he’s wide open.

  • INUnivHoosier

    One of the things that seems to be getting consistent mention from potential recruits is academics. I like that.

  • INUnivHoosier

    One of the things that seems to be getting consistent mention from potential recruits is academics. I like that.

  • Anonymous

    Uhhh yeah, I would agree with Alex here.

    This guy looks real legit.  I would go after him all day long.  There is plenty of time in the 2013 class to land this guy.

    I love the mix to his game.  Clearly he can shoot the rock like its nothing.  Secondly, this guy is athletic.  He will easily have a Big 10 ready body by the time he is a freshman.  He is a great all-around player who will put up serious points at the next level.

    I would think if we don’t get Harris this is great recruiting for Crean to line up a similar player to take his place the following year.

    I like this…

  • Anonymous

    Uhhh yeah, I would agree with Alex here.

    This guy looks real legit.  I would go after him all day long.  There is plenty of time in the 2013 class to land this guy.

    I love the mix to his game.  Clearly he can shoot the rock like its nothing.  Secondly, this guy is athletic.  He will easily have a Big 10 ready body by the time he is a freshman.  He is a great all-around player who will put up serious points at the next level.

    I would think if we don’t get Harris this is great recruiting for Crean to line up a similar player to take his place the following year.

    I like this…

  • Anonymous

    Uhhh yeah, I would agree with Alex here.

    This guy looks real legit.  I would go after him all day long.  There is plenty of time in the 2013 class to land this guy.

    I love the mix to his game.  Clearly he can shoot the rock like its nothing.  Secondly, this guy is athletic.  He will easily have a Big 10 ready body by the time he is a freshman.  He is a great all-around player who will put up serious points at the next level.

    I would think if we don’t get Harris this is great recruiting for Crean to line up a similar player to take his place the following year.

    I like this…

  • Steve

    I understand Alex.. Thanks for all that you do for the Hoosier nation!!!!!

  • IUinNap

    Makes you either think the staff is not dead set on needing another PG for the 2013 class like we had been thinking, or the staff loves this kid enough to want him no matter who else they are going after or their needs.

    I think you are starting to see the staff branch out and go after national kids versus sticking really close to home. With Fischer, Anya, and Jones you see that a little. If we can go to Texas and pull this kid away from those other big names in the end then I think you’ve pushed it up another level. I dont expect it here, but I am telling you IU will be a big destination if you can get these kids on campus who dont know much about our history and show them the campus, girls, student excitement, facilities. Kids will be blown away seeing they can get the football atmosphere they are used to in the South while still playing the game they love getting a good education and NBA visibility.

    Of course, that will only start happening if we have some big steps forward in the next couple years.

  • IUinNap

    Makes you either think the staff is not dead set on needing another PG for the 2013 class like we had been thinking, or the staff loves this kid enough to want him no matter who else they are going after or their needs.

    I think you are starting to see the staff branch out and go after national kids versus sticking really close to home. With Fischer, Anya, and Jones you see that a little. If we can go to Texas and pull this kid away from those other big names in the end then I think you’ve pushed it up another level. I dont expect it here, but I am telling you IU will be a big destination if you can get these kids on campus who dont know much about our history and show them the campus, girls, student excitement, facilities. Kids will be blown away seeing they can get the football atmosphere they are used to in the South while still playing the game they love getting a good education and NBA visibility.

    Of course, that will only start happening if we have some big steps forward in the next couple years.

  • IUinNap

    Makes you either think the staff is not dead set on needing another PG for the 2013 class like we had been thinking, or the staff loves this kid enough to want him no matter who else they are going after or their needs.

    I think you are starting to see the staff branch out and go after national kids versus sticking really close to home. With Fischer, Anya, and Jones you see that a little. If we can go to Texas and pull this kid away from those other big names in the end then I think you’ve pushed it up another level. I dont expect it here, but I am telling you IU will be a big destination if you can get these kids on campus who dont know much about our history and show them the campus, girls, student excitement, facilities. Kids will be blown away seeing they can get the football atmosphere they are used to in the South while still playing the game they love getting a good education and NBA visibility.

    Of course, that will only start happening if we have some big steps forward in the next couple years.

  • Bucky

    Love his play.  The shooting, of course.  And that hesitation step on the drives is killer. 

    Most of all, I like how he didn’t strut or showboat after the breakaway dunks.  He just slammed them down, then got back on defense.

    You don’t see players like this very often.    

  • Bucky

    Love his play.  The shooting, of course.  And that hesitation step on the drives is killer. 

    Most of all, I like how he didn’t strut or showboat after the breakaway dunks.  He just slammed them down, then got back on defense.

    You don’t see players like this very often.    

  • Anonymous

    I like you threw girls in there second…

    I was back in Bloomington this weekend briefly.  All the students just moved back.  It made me wish I was one of them!  haha.

  • Anonymous

    would be a great pick up – appears to have a lot of control with everything on the court

  • cooper

    I wonder if there are any statistics for how many verbal commitments 1,2,3 years down the road stay committed to the same school? Would be an interesting study.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheed Cheed Harding

    Dude can STROKE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheed Cheed Harding

    Dude can STROKE.

  • Anonymous

    And if he’s considering Duke I would assume that means he’s got a good head on his shoulders

  • Anonymous

    And if he’s considering Duke I would assume that means he’s got a good head on his shoulders

  • Anonymous

    If Harris is everything everyone expects him to be Crean may line up guys similar to him even if they do get him, because he may not be here long.

  • Anonymous

    If Harris is everything everyone expects him to be Crean may line up guys similar to him even if they do get him, because he may not be here long.

  • Anonymous

    If Harris is everything everyone expects him to be Crean may line up guys similar to him even if they do get him, because he may not be here long.

  • Anonymous

    Looking at another Etwan or healthy Mo Creek here..if that kids gets out of Texas they will send a posse after him.

  • Kelin Blab

    He can shoot it for sure…

  • Kelin Blab

    He can shoot it for sure…

  • prodigy

    he commited to duke

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