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Sunday / September 25.
  • Four-star shooting guard R.J. Jones commits to Kansas State

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Robert “R.J.” Jones, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Wasatch Academy (UT) and JL3 Elite Basketball, is headed to the Big 12.

    Ranked the No. 13 shooting guard in his class, Jones committed to Kansas State on Sunday, choosing them over Oklahoma, Cal and Texas A&M.

    “I will be taking my talents to Kansas State,” he told ZAGSBLOG ahead of his public announcement. “I chose them because I have an opportunity to come in as a freshman and earn meaningful minutes. It also felt like a family environment that I could thrive in.”

    He added: “My role will be to come in as a freshman and play the scoring combo guard position and be a part of a National Championship run.”

    Said Wasatch coach Paul Peterson: “He’s definitely a dynamic scorer at every level. He’s a perfect combination of finesse and strength, but the thing that sets him apart is his maturity. He thinks at a mature level not just on the court but in life as well. Small things like his body, his friend group, his family, etc., which is rare from a kid that age.”

    He will join point guard Darrin Arnes in Kansas State’s 2023 class.

    Asked how K-State might prepare him for a potential pro career, he said, “It will prepare me by getting my body physically and mentally ready with the intensity of practice and the competition in the Big 12 which includes playing against top players every night.”

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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. 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. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.