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Texas hooks top 50 in-state guard Andrew Jones

The Texas Longhorns hooked one of the top available guard prospects in the country on Monday, as 6′-4″ guard Andrew Jones of MacArthur (TX) announced his pledge. Jones is a top 50 prospect nationally who has been shooting up the recruiting charts over the last several months.

Jones’ commitment comes on the heels of knocking off North Carolina at home over the weekend, an absolutely tremendous win for Texas during head coach Shaka Smart’s first season. Not only is Jones an elite in-state prospect, he’s also ranked No. 27 nationally overall.

The addition of Jones to next season’s roster will give Smart and his coaching staff three top-50 caliber young backcourt players, as Jones joins current freshmen Eric Davis Jr. and Kerwin Roach in the program. Both have shown flashes of tremendous play this season and will no doubt be key as the Longhorns transition to Smart’s style of play.

The Longhorns had to beat out Arizona, Baylor, Louisville and others to keep Jones. He’s capable of playing both guard slots at a high-level and has continued his summer performance so far this season. In fact, if Jones keeps at his current pace he could be a legitimate McDonald’s All-American game candidate.

Houston scorer Jacob Young and athletic big man James Banks were already in the 2016 recruiting class at Texas.

Texas Scholarship Grid

Positions2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsEric Davis (So)Eric Davis (Jr)Eric Davis (Sr)Jacob Young (Sr)
Jacob Young (Fr)Jacob Young (So)Jacob Young (Jr)
WingsDamarcus Croaker (Sr)Jordan Barnett (Sr)Kerwin Roach (Sr)Andrew Jones (Sr)
Kendal Yancy (Sr)Tevin Mack (Jr)Tevin Mack (Sr)
Jordan Barnett (Jr)Andrew Jones (So)Andrew Jones (Jr)
Kerwin Roach (So)
Tevin Mack (So)
Andrew Jones (Fr)
PostsShaquille Cleare (Sr)James Banks (So)James Banks (Jr)James Banks (Sr)
James Banks (Fr)Jarrett Allen (So)Jarrett Allen (Jr)Jarrett Allen (Sr)
Jarrett Allen (Fr)Royce Hamm (Fr)Royce Hamm (So)Royce Hamm (Jr)
Jericho Sims (Fr)Jericho Sims (So)Jericho Sims (Jr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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