San Diego State will be hosting one of the fastest rising recruits in the 2021 class as Prolific Prep (Napa, CA) guard Jaden Jones will step foot on the Mesa starting tomorrow for an official visit. Jones is a 6-7 guard who has high-major schools flocking to wine country to see the new kid on the block in person.
Jones is originally from Dallas, Texas, and played this last summer for Mudiay Elite of the Under Armour Association circuit. Since arriving to Prolific Prep his recruitment has taken off. Before making his way to the west coast he had an offer from Delaware State, but when he got to Prolific his exposure to the college coaches increased. Prolific Prep has a roster full of division one players, so it is a must-visit school for coaching staffs across the nation. In September the San Diego State staff was there and caught Jones’s workout and afterwards Jones spoke with headman Brian Dutcher; who extended an offer to the young prospect. From there other schools followed suit and now he sits with seven total offers, Colorado, LSU, Rutgers, Southern California, and TCU to go with the Aztecs and Delaware State offers. The decision to move from Texas to California was a long contemplated and thought-out process that has paid immediate dividends.
“Prolific has been recruiting me since ninth grade,” Jones told us. “My family and I came to the conclusion that I needed a strong basketball environment to enhance and grow my game.”
Beyond giving him a platform, Prolific Prep will give Jones the opportunity to improve his game by allowing him to compete on a daily basis against some of the best players in the nation in practice and to play a competitive schedule against some of the best. Early on at practice and on film Jones has shown himself to be a versatile player who can do it all on both ends of the court.
“I am a big, skilled guard that can defend, score, and make others around me better. I can play the 1, 2 and 3 positions. I'm a hooper. [I can] do it all. [I can play] wherever my coach needs me to play to help my team.”
The versatility and size that Jones possesses is in the mold of player that the Aztecs have had success with. He could easily fit all three of those positions at San Diego State and make an impact on both ends of the court. Jones is an all-around threat on offense because he is a team-first kind of player that can facilitate and get his teammates involved, as well as be able to score at any time from anywhere on the court.
Coming from Texas, Jones is somewhat familiar with the San Diego State Basketball team and program. He, of course, knows about Kawhi Leonard, the wonderful weather, and the environment on The Mesa. Jones is hoping to learn more about San Diego State, on and off the court, on his official visit.
“I'm hoping to learn more about the coaching staff, facilities, and their basketball culture. Most importantly, I want to learn about the school as a whole. Education is most important.”
It is still pretty early in Jones’s recruitment and while he does have seven offers I would expect more to come. Many other schools have been popping up at Prolific Prep to check out the talented 6-7 Texas guard who is making a name for himself in California. Jones is expected to take more visits his junior year, with schools like LSU and Southern California pushing to get him on campus. In the end, which is not anywhere near, Jones and his family know what they want when it comes to picking a school.
“I'm looking for a school that will push me and teach me to work through my mistakes. And again, most importantly a great place to learn and get a quality education.”