Kenny Jones, a 6'6'' 233 pound power forward from Wyandanch High School in Wyandanch, New York, in Suffolk County, has created a buzz the last couple of weeks with his play at some fall events in the greater New York area.
Jones was named MVP of the Lupus Classic at Sayville High School last weekend, an event that featured a number of Division I prospects, and added MVP honors at The Hoops For Heroes Classic Sunday at Hofstra. Jones pumped in 20+ points and crashed the boards for Long Island against a New York City team that included Charlie Villanueva, Bishop Loughlin's Kirk Bunn, and a number of Division I guard prospects.
Jones is your quintessential blue-collar post player. He battles, grapples, and scrapes for boards underneath, unafraid to bang and mix it up. While he's not overly skilled, Jones gets after it and outworks other players. Kenny has a good frame to work with, and pretty good strength at this point.
Jones told Rivalshoops.com that Rider has offered him. He plans on visiting the Lawrenceville, New Jersey, campus in the future. Robert Morris has also expressed some degree of interest. Jones will sign late.
Kenny averaged 23 points and 16 rebounds at Wyandanch High School last season, which is a bit off the beaten recruiting path on Long Island. While recruiters make stops at Amityville High and Walt Whitman in Huntington Station fairly regularly, Wyandanch is not a regular stop, which is the main reason Jones hasn't garnered more interest.
Kenny competed this summer with Doc Nicelli's Madison Student-Athletes. He has been with Doc's program the past couple of years.
Kenny told Rivalshoops.com that he currently has a 2.2 GPA but "after this year should definitely be eligible." Kenny narrowly missed a qualifying mark on the SAT in the spring. He'll take the test again in December.