April 1, 2012
Wake Forest may have found its insurance plan at point guard in Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft's Madison Jones after the sudden departures of Tony Chennault and Anthony Fields.
The 6-foot-1, 150-pound Jones visited Wake Tuesday, March 27 and the Demon Deacons offered him a scholarship Thursday, March 29.
"I had a really good time there [Wake Forest]," Jones said. "I got to sit down and talk with Coach [Jeff] Bzdelik a little bit, and I walked around and toured the campus with Coach [Rusty] LaRue. It was real good. I met some of the players. I was only there for a few hours, so I didn't get to do that much, but the main thing was talking to Coach Bzdelik."
Jones added that Wake Forest is at the top of his list with Rhode Island, Richmond and Seton Hall. He anticipates his decision will be made within the next week or two.
"I really like their [Wake] program and the coaches, all of the recruits coming in, because they're real good players," Jones said. "I'm really interested in them."
Ravenscroft head coach Kevin Billerman accompanied him on the visit instead of the point guard's parents.
"Coach Bzdelik wanted to talk face-to-face with my parents, so I may go up there this upcoming weekend, but I don't know if I'll make an official [visit] there or not," Jones said. "I've got to talk to them, and see what they want to do."
Like many coaches Bzdelik does not promise playing time to prospects, but with the lack of scholarship players and depth in the backcourt Jones figures to be in the mix for significant ball-handling responsibilities behind Codi Miller-McIntyre if he chooses Wake Forest.
"I think it is a real good opportunity even though they have Codi," Jones said. "I feel like if I went in and worked hard I could get a good amount of minutes."
An ace in the hole for Wake is Aaron Rountree who is a good friend of Jones.
"He texted me, and said he heard I was on campus," Jones said. "He was exited and wants me to join."
Jones and Rountree are very familiar with one another after playing against each other on the AAU circuit and when Greenfield clashed with Ravenscroft on the hardwood. Rountree even joined Jones' AAU team, the Chris Paul All-Stars for a tournament last summer.
"I got real close with him," Jones said. "It helps a lot, because the things he tells me about the program, and what they want to do coming up in the future and the goals that they have. I know he's a big competitor and doesn't like to lose, and I'm the same way. That would help a lot, and knowing that I would have to be with him for four years helps a lot."
Jones is no stranger to success. He teamed with 2013 Louisville commitment Anton Gill to lead Ravenscroft to a 31-4 record, a state championship crown and an appearance in the ESPNHS National High School Invitational. As a senior, Jones averaged 16 points, six assists and five rebounds.
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