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Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Five-star junior Matt Jones commits to Duke

By Jeff Borzello

It looks like Duke has a new go-to recruiting area for talented shooting guards.

Last year, the Blue Devils dipped into Texas for five-star guard Rasheed Sulaimon. On Monday, Mike Kryzewski picked up another stud recruit from the Lonestar State.

Matt Jones, the No. 12-ranked player in the class of 2013 by CBSSports.com, committed to Duke. Jones is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from DeSoto (Texas).

"After long consideration with my parents and people around me, we felt it was best that I commit to Duke University!," Jones tweeted on Monday evening.

Jones had offers from North Carolina, Texas, Ohio State, Florida, Louisville, Kansas and others.

What set Duke apart, though, was the all-around feel he got from the Blue Devils.

“Just how they play,” Jones told CBSSports.com when asked why he chose the Blue Devils. “Academics. It felt like coaches could take me to the next level. It felt like home away from home. Plus, my whole family liked my decision.”

Jones is one of the best shooters in the entire class, with deep range and a quick release on his jumper. He moves well without the ball and knows how to get his shot off over defenders. Moreover, he’s improved his ability to get into the lane and finish. He can knock down pull-up jumpers or score in transition.

Jones is Duke’s first commitment in the class of 2013.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:53 am
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Notebook: Top teams pursuing Goodluck (Okonoboh)



By Jeff Borzello

One thing you can never question about Goodluck Okonoboh is his confidence.

He is not ranked as highly as many of his counterparts; in some cases, he’s not ranked at all. Despite that, the 6-foot-7 forward from Tilton, N.H., believes he belongs up there with the best of the best.

“In terms of competing with them, I feel at the end of the day, both of us are gonna feel like it was a battle,” Okonoboh said. “The thing that separates me from them is my attitude. Point blank, I have a confidence that they don’t have.”

Okonoboh, a cousin of Connecticut big man Alex Oriakhi, has turned that mindset into offers from Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Providence, Syracuse and others. Syracuse officially offered him on the first day college coaches could call rising juniors, June 15.

“They offered me through my friend Mike Carter-Williams before, but when they told my dad, I knew it was official,” Okonoboh said. “I like their whole style of play and academics. I think their zone is a very underrated defense, but I’m still learning a lot more about it.”

In addition to the aforementioned offers, he is hearing from Harvard, Louisville, Penn State, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia Tech, DePaul, West Virginia, Texas and Temple.

“Right now every school is a favorite,” Okonoboh said. “I’m just happy to hear from all these schools.”

As long as his confidence never wavers, the strong and athletic forward will be a factor at the next level. Based on his attitude, it doesn’t look as if that will be a problem.

“I just apply my hard work to the court. Life is all about confidence,” Okonoboh said. If you’re not confident in yourself, no one will be confident in you.”

Tyler Ennis begins to garner respect

Being from Canada and playing on an AAU team that only recently joined the Nike circuit, Tyler Ennis was rarely mentioned among the top point guards in the class of 2013. But that all changed this spring, when Ennis and his CIA Bounce team made a statement on the AAU circuit that they would be a force.

“Before that, no one got to see me play regularly at big tournaments,” Ennis said.

The 6-foot-2 St. Benedict’s (N.J.) product used the previous slights as motivation to prove himself to people.

“You always see people who are No. 1 in their class,” Ennis said. “When they are, it gives people time to catch them. People get comfortable at the top so when you’re unranked for so long, you have to work harder.”

Ennis holds offers from Seton Hall, Rutgers, West Virginia, Rice, Santa Clara and Oregon State, with interest from New Mexico State, Iowa State, Wake Forest, Florida, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Providence and Kansas.

The rising junior isn’t content just yet, though.

“I’ve played good,” Ennis said. “But I’m looking to pick it up in July.”

Matt Jones turns hard work into college interest

Before the spring AAU period, Matt Jones was a highly regarded prospect with plenty of colleges in pursuit. Now, though, Jones is one of the most sought-after shooting guards in the country.

“My mindset really changed over that period,” he said. “I just wanted to work out harder. I would find myself just dribbling the ball, very eager to get back on the court.”

The 6-foot-4 scorer from DeSoto, Texas, has offers from Houston, Baylor, Florida, Kansas and Texas A&M, while also hearing from Duke, Memphis, Washington, Arizona, Providence, Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia and Creighton.

“Good tradition, if my mom likes it, a good coach that’s going to be there for a while,” Jones said when asked what he was looking for. “Stuff like that.”

Interestingly, Jones has a favorite, but he’s not revealing that choice just yet.

“I’d like to keep that a secret a little longer,” he said. “Maybe next year during the season.”

Photo: Lucas Shapiro

 
 
 
 
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