Oak Hill Academy wing Darrick Jones Jr. is one of the fastest rising sophomores in the country. Hit the jump for a breakdown of his game and an early look inside his recruitment.
The sophomore enjoyed a successful summer on the AAU circuit with Team Loaded where he burst onto the scene and became a high-major prospect, but Darrick is taking it all in stride.
“I feel like I did decent, even though there is always ways to improve,” Jones told Endless Motor.
A good sized wing at 6’5 with freakish athleticism, Darrick physically imposes his will on the game while being a plus shooter from distance and a versatile defender.
“Offensively, my biggest strengths are taking people of the dribble from the perimeter and spot up shooting. I’m an athletic wing that gets it done on both ends of the floor.”
6'5 Darrick Jones 20' has received an offer from UMASS 💪🏾🏀 pic.twitter.com/DhEWbc53Er
— Team Loaded AAU (@teamloadedaau) April 20, 2017
Already coveted by programs because of his ability to potentially play three different positions at the next level, Jones holds offers from Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Winthrop and UMass. Additional programs such as Virginia, VCU, Richmond and Hampton are also showing interest.
His recruitment is still in the infancy stages, but one school is certainly prioritizing Darrick.
“I’m mostly hearing from Virginia Tech right now.”
While the bouncy lefty doesn’t have any visits planned at the moment, there are a few programs he has his eyes on.
“I’d like too see Wake Forest, N.C. State and Florida State.”
With the High School season just around the corner, Jones is looking to expand his perimeter skillset.
“I’m looking to become a leader and play outside on the wing more because I know on the next level I will be more of a guard. I’d also like to improve my jumper and make it better than it already is.”
With a college ready frame, natural explosiveness and floor spacing ability, Jones appears likely to round into one of the better perimeter prospects in the country with continued development of his ball skills. With the versatility to play multiple positions on both ends of the court at the next level, its likely Darrick has a national level recruitment this time next year.
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