Clemson coach Brad Brownell wraps up season, looks ahead to next year
Mountain Brook, Alabama shooting guard Colby Jones (6-foot-6) was impressive last weekend playing for the Alabama Fusion in the Nike EYBL event in Atlanta. Sitting the stands taking it all end were members of the Clemson basketball staff, including head coach Brad Brownell. Brownell must have liked what he saw because Wednesday, he offered Jones, becoming the second coach of a high-major program to offer the sharpshooter.
“It’s a blessing for any school to offer you and to know that they want you,” Jones said. “Coach Brownell and Coach Dean watched me play this weekend and they said they really loved the way I play. The way I made reads coming off of screens, hitting the pocket pass or scoring when I needed to. They also loved how vocal I was during all the games and how I really locked up on defense. This is my first ACC offer, and knowing that they play in arguably one of the toughest conferences in the country speaks on what type of program this is.”
Jones averaged 23.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season before transferring schools.
Jones said he’s familiar with Clemson’s playing style and Brownell’s coaching style and both are agreeable to him.
“I like the direction the basketball program is headed,” Jones said. “If I do go there, I’d feel like I’d play a combo guard spot that could guard multiple positions. I like his (Brownell’s) coaching style and getting up and down. I feel like that’s one of the better parts of my game, scoring in transition.”
Georgia also has offered Jones. He has taken official visits to Harvard and Yale and he plans to visit Clemson this summer. He also plans to visit Georgia and Xavier. Some other reported offers are Middle Tennessee, Troy, Samford and South Alabama. He said there is no favorite at this point.
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