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The live period is next weekend, April 26-28th, and that means it will be very important to prospects like Dillon Jones out of Keenan High School in Columbia, South Carolina. The 6-foot-5 plus shooting guard will be a major target for most mid-major or low major programs in the southeast region of the country.
Dillon holds offers from schools like South Carolina, Charlotte, Appalachian State, Hofstra, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, and others up to this point. Temple, Tulsa, Murray State, Florida Gulf Coast, Chattanooga, Liberty, and Georgia State are just some schools that have shown interest in the 2020 two-guard.
Dillon tells me that Hofstra and Appalachian State have been in contact with him the most recently. “He’s (Assistant Coach Speedy Claxton of Hofstra) a good guy. We talk about a lot about the opportunity of me coming there. He’s a league guy, so he see’s the potential and what I can do for the program”.
“Appalachian State, with there new staff is showing me how important I am to them already. I have an in home visit set up with them Friday. Coach Kerns and Coach Young had a great year at PC the past year, so it’ll be interesting to see how they do this year.” Dillon says.
He also tells me he plans on taking visits after the spring live periods and as the AAU season goes along. “After these live periods, I should get a good idea on where I feel out at and then setting the visits will be ten times easier.” Dillon tells me.
Jones is a big bodied two-guard. He acutally does not have a certified postion right now, but he is able to play the two, three, and maybe even the four position in certain situations. He is able to utilize his size against most of his defenders and that showed at this past weekend’s Adidas Gauntlet Qualifer in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Dillon told me that shooting will be his main priority to improve on throughout this AAU season. “Im well capabale of shooting, just sometimes I don’t because I don’t have too. If I want to get to where I want to go, I just have to show people I can do it. I want to be a threat all over the floor.” Dillon says.