Jeff Jones is no longer headed to Maryland. At least not right now. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pa., reneged on his commitment to the ACC and will reconsider his options heading into the busy summer evaluation period.
Jones, the No. 34 ranked player in the country according to Rivals.com, verbally committed to the Terps before his junior season but said he may have rushed into the decision.
"I'm not taking anything away from Maryland, they recruited me well and I hope they still do but I think I needed to take a step back and weight my options," Jones told Rivals.com on Tuesday. "I want to see if there is a better fit with other schools."
When Maryland assistant coach Rob Moxley, Jones's lead recruiter, left College Park to take the associate head coach position at Charlotte, Jones said he began to think about his recruitment.
"He played a role in it but he wasn't the only reason why I committed to them in the first place," Jones said.
"I felt like I rushed into it and didn't really see enough," Jones said. "I want to see more this time around."
Jones visited Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State and Villanova prior to committing but said he would "definitely" want to take official visits in the fall before making another verbal pledge.
"I want to have a clean mind this time and go forward," Jones said. "I'm not saying that I want to clean myself from the schools that recruited me before but I want to start over."
Jones said he would like to play in the ACC or Big East.
"I'm not sure who will recruit me. I'll have to wait and see," Jones said. "I'm going to take my time and look things over. I want to build a relationship with the whole coaching staff."