Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Tyrique Jones has committed to Xavier.
The 6-foot-8, 240 pound power forward from Vermont Academy chose the Musketeers, making him the first commit for the class of 2016 for head coach Chris Mack.
Jones’ head coach at Vermont Academy, Alex Popp says that Xavier got a player that will continue to get better, and has a skill set that is still developing.
“His motor combined with his strength and size makes him very unique,” Popp said. “Tyrique was the best rebounder in the NEPSAC last season, pulling down 11.2 boards per game. Offensively, he is far more skilled than people give him credit for. We feel that his offensive skill set will continue to evolve as he gains more confidence on the court.”
Popp says that Xavier got a steal at a good time.
“Xavier is landing the top 115 player in the country before July,” Popp said. “It’s critical because Tyrique is playing on the circuit with Rawle Alkins, Mustafa Heron and Devonte Green. In other words, he wont be lacking in exposure.”
Jones had offers from Minnesota, Temple, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida State, Kansas State, UMass, Auburn and many others.
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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.
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