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Tyus Jones has cancelled his weekend visit to Kentucky, but Justise Winslow, Ray Kasongo, James Blackmon Jr., Sam Cassell and Chinanu Onuaku are some of the elite 2014 prospects who will trip to college campuses this weekend.
The 6-foot-1 Jones out of Apple Valley (MN) cancelled the Kentucky visit in the wake of the Wildcats landing Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis.
“My next visit will be to Kansas on Oct. 18,” Jones told Jason Jordan of USA Today.
Jones was one of just three 2014 point guards to land a Kentucky offer, along with Ulis and Emmanuel Mudiay (SMU).
Jones and Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor are hoping to play together in college and both will make the Kansas trip and will also go together to Duke on Oct. 25-27.
Okafor visited Kentucky on Sept. 9 and will go alone to Arizona on Oct. 11.
“We’re talking quite often,” Jones told SNY.tv in this recent video interview about his relationship with Okafor. “We have three visits set up at the same time. We’re visiting Baylor, Kansas and Duke together. So talk quite often about it and excited to take our officials and to keep going with the process.”
By going on those visits together, Jones believes it sends a message that he and Okafor want to play together at the next level.
“I think it will be good for us,” he said. “I think it just sends a note that we’re serious about it, we’re not just all talk, and it’ll be a good time.”
OTHER WEEKEND VISITS:
**After visiting Florida last weekend,Houston St. John’s wing Justise Winslow trips to UCLA this weekend. For more, read here.
**Following his visit to UConn last weekend, Canadian big man Ray Kasongo trips to Oregon this weekend. Keep in mind that Oregon has two other Canadians on the roster in Jason Calliste and Richard Amardi, both of whom are from Scarborough, Ontario.
**Georgetown will get a last-minute visit from Chinanu Onuaku, a 6-10 center from Upper Marlboro (Md.) Riverdale Baptist, who had been set to decide between Miami and Louisville.
**Former Indiana pledge James Blackmon Jr. trips to Michigan this weekend and is also reportedly considering visiting Indiana, Kentucky, and possibly Kansas officially.
**Former Maryland pledge Sam Cassell Jr. visits Louisville after hitting UConn last weekend with Kasongo and JaQuan Lyle. He is also considering Missouri and Marquette. Louisville also had 2014 Cordia (Ky.) forward Malik Hines on campus Thursday.
*Blair (N.J.) Academy wing Marial Shayok is on an official to Providence this weekend. He visits Marquette the weekend of Oct. 12 and may or may not visit USC as well.
**PItt hosts forward Josh Martin, who is down to Pitt, Minnesota and Florida State and hopes to decide next week.
**Arizona hosts small forward Kameron Chatman after he tripped to Michigan, Oregon and USC.
**Former Miami commit Adonyis Henriquez visits UCF after narrowing his list to five schools following a Butler visit.
**Temple hosts Dom Uhl, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Point Pleasant (N.J.) Beach, who is also considering Miami, Iowa and BC.
**Montverde (FL) Academy forward Chris Egi visits Harvard this weekend and Vanderbilt next weekend. He may reclass to 2014.
**Notre Dame is hosting 6-5 Barrington (R.I.) forward Bonzie Colson, who will also visit Pitt, Miami, Florida State and UConn.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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