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UVa’s men’s basketball program has picked up another big-time commitment. Jeff Jones , a 4-star guard out of Monsignor Bonner High School (Drexel Hill, PA), has verbally committed to Coach Dave Leitao and company. Jones, who narrowed his list to two earlier this week, chose the ‘Hoos over Wake Forest.
“We were in the area on vacation [at Massanutten resort], so I decided to stop by and commit to them in person,” said Jones, who will sign with UVa in November. “All of the coaching staff was there. It was really nice to tell Coach Leitao and the rest of the staff face-to-face.
“I’m really excited. I’m excited to go back to school with my decision made, so I can focus on helping my team win a championship.”
Jones, who originally committed to the University of Maryland before re-opening his recruitment in May, says he is “110-percent sure” about this decision. He discussed the reasons why he chose the ‘Hoos over offers from Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest, among others.
“There were many reasons,” said the 6-4, 185-pound guard. “It starts with the relationship I have with all four coaches. Coach Leitao told me it’s not a four-year relationship, but it’s a 40-year relationship. I respected that. Virginia is also losing their top shooting guard in J.R. Reynolds. They need somebody to come in to replace him, so that’s another thing I really liked about Virginia.”
As a junior last season, Jones averaged 21.9 points per game and earned AP first-team AAA all-state honors. He is a combo guard in high school, but, at UVa, he says he projects simply as a guard.
“Coach Leitao doesn’t go by labels,” Jones said. “He just calls us guards. He doesn’t say point guard or shooting guard or anything. The guards can bring up the ball, take a shot, make the game-winning pass …it doesn’t matter. He likes his guards to be good all-around players.”
“Joining this class is what’s so special about my decision,” Jones said. “Sam Zeglinski is a good player. He can really handle the ball and he...
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