Eshaunte Jones has always wanted to return to his West Coast roots. Now he has his chance. The 6-foot-4 guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., via Hargrave Military in Virginia, has found a college home.
Jones, how grew up in Los Angeles before moving to Indiana, verbally committed to Oregon State on Monday night.
"I am happy to get back to nice weather. I've been so used to the cold weather so now I'm getting back to where my roots are from. It will be fun, a challenge, but fun. I think I get used to it and try to help the team win," Jones said.
"I think it will be a good situation for me out there. I get to get back to playing the one guard more than a combo guard. I can still play both and show my skill…I'll be able to play with a team that's been down for a while and hopefully I can contribute and help them win."
Jones, who also considered interest from USC, Cincinnati and Memphis, said he enjoyed his unofficial visit to the Pac-10 school a month ago and loved the draw of future competition within the conference.
"It's the Pac-10 so I'm going to get to play against great teams night in and night out. I'm going to be playing against pros," Jones said. "Hopefully I can get better by working hard every day and playing against great players."
Oregon State continues to have success from players in the Midwest. Jones, a former Indiana commitment, joins Chicago guard Ryan Hare and Detroit guard Kavon Rose in the 2008 recruiting class for OSU.