Kelvin Sampson apparently wants to stay close to Indiana's roots. The Hoosier head coach and staff reeled in another homegrown player on Wednesday when four-star guard Eshaunte Jones will announce he will suit up for the Hoosiers at a press conference at Fort Wayne Northside High School.
According to Jones's Blessed IJN AAU coach Eric Vaughn, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard (who goes by Bear) is a major get as the Hoosiers continue to target the in-state players.
"Coach Ray McCallum got this done. He's the main guy and I think they've been pushing hard to get the in-state guys," Vaughn said. "They got Eric Gordon and he's a one and done guy, at least he should be, and they want Bear to come in and do the same things Eric can do."
Jones will finish his year at Northside and then take a prep year before enrolling at Indiana in the 2008 class. He joins Kentucky guard Bud Mackey in the Hoosiers' 2008 recruiting haul.
Jones, the No. 82 ranked player in the country, is under appricated and underrated, according to Vaughn.
"When he goes to prep school, I really think he is one of the top 10 players in the class of 2008," Vaughn said. "Anytime he'd go up against any of the other top rated guards (in 2007), he'd score at least 25 points. He's as good as any of the guards in that class. I'll put him up against anybody at the one or two positions."
Jones also considered Cincinnati and Missouri.