By Steve DiMiceli
Jim Ferry received his second commitment as head coach of Duquesne Dukes when 6'3'' shooting guard Jeremiah Jones verbally committed. Jones, an Indiana native, spent the past season at St. John's Military Academy. In his senior season at Merrillville High School, he averaged 17 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 rebounds.
Jones was rated a 3 star prospect on Rivals. Coming out of high school, he had offers from Indiana St, VCU, Northern Illinois, Valpo, Cleveland St, and College of Charleston. Butler was also said to be in the mix for Jones, but did not offer before he elected to reclassify. It is unclear at this time what schools continued to pursue him after he attended prep school.
Unlike many players who elect for a post graduate year, grades were not an issue for Jones as he was a strong student. Instead, he elected to prep in order to improve the caliber of offers he received and was quoted as having Big 10 aspirations. He also graduated from high school at the age of 17 after skipping a grade in elementary. Prepping a year allowed him to physically mature.
To my knowledge, Jones is not the unnamed player who Jenn Menendez mentioned in her recent article on recruiting.