It was a busy Monday on the recruiting trail for Texas A&M, both for good and bad reasons. The Aggies gained a pledge from a sought after junior college transfer in Jamal Jones, but also lost a prospect as Chad Frazier, a junior college guard, reportedly decommitted from the program.
This will be Jones’ second chance in the SEC, as he signed with the Mississippi Rebels out of high school, but was dismissed from the team by coach Andy Kennedy, after appearing in five games as a freshman. Jones made the most out of his season at Lee College (TX), averaging 18 points and 5 rebounds per game during his sophomore campaign. Jones announced his commitment via his Twitter account on Monday.
Jones became a highly regarded recruit during his stay at Lee College, as he is ranked the No. 5 JC prospect in the country by JucoRecruiting.com. The same site reported two weeks ago that Jones was down to five suitors, the Aggies along with the Arkansas Razorbacks, Oregon Ducks, San Diego State Aztecs and TCU Horned Frogs. As a native of Arkansas, the Razorbacks were believed to be the favorite to land Jones for awhile, making the Texas A&M pledge somewhat of a surprise.
Jones’ first appearance in the SEC was quite brief, but he clearly has the talent to be a player next year at Texas A&M. As a 6′-8″ prospect with guard skills, Jones is a mismatch waiting to happen, with a decent skill level. Jones was a 35% shooter from 3-point land, and 70% from the charity stripe this year, which could indicate he will make an impact as a shooter at Texas A&M next season.
Unfortunately for Texas A&M, guard Chad Frazier made his second decommitment today, in news first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop. Frazier was previously pledged to the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but re-opened his recruitment before making the call to the Aggies in early March. It’s unclear where he goes from here, though he’s also a talent, as well (ranked No. 18 nationally by JucoRecruiting.com).