May 26, 2012

2014 Big Drawing a Major Crowd

Since day one of the spring, scouts and coaches alike have been wondering about a kid that was about 6-foot-8 and blocking everything close to the basket. That same player has shown low post moves and was catching lobs with his head at the rim. That prospects name is Marlon Jones of Chicago Orr in Illinois and he is going to be a good one.

A 2014 big man, Jones is like a one-man zone that has the ability to protect the basket inside the paint but is also a threat to fly out to the perimeter and quickly erase defensive miscues. He can make a jump hook over either shoulder and is a terrific passer from the low post. Jones fights for position in the low post and is strong enough to rut his way under the basket for an offensive rebound. He is long and a solid athlete. When the rising junior is aggressive, he is one of the most productive players in the Midwest.

Marlon Jones has something to prove, so much so that he plays with a chip on his shoulder.

"I am not a one position player," Jones said. "I can play the 3, 4 and 5 position. Basically, I am an all-around player."

His high school coaching staff at Chicago Orr claims that he holds offers from Providence and Purdue so far to go along with interest from Texas, Missouri and Illinois. It is still very early in his recruitment, but it appears that Providence is in good shape. He plans to make a trip to the Friars' campus in July, as well as to Missouri soon after. He has already made a trip to the Illinois campus - in April - and met with John Groce and his new coaching staff.

Some prospects draw your attention from the time you step in the gym; Marlon Jones is one of them. The young man that they call "Pookie" plans to hit the gym hard over the next few weeks in preparation for what he believes is an ever important July.

ND Kendrick is a special contributor for The Recruit Scoop on Rivals. He covers basketball nationally, including his specialty - the midwest - and can be followed on Twitter at @NDKendrick. He has been in the recruiting world for over a decade.

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