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Posted On: 02/9/18 9:39 AM
One of a handful of senior prospects looking to play their way onto a Division 1 roster next season, Milwaukee (Wis.) Dominican point guard Gacoby Jones has late interest coming in from the highest level. The No. 2 ranked unsigned senior in the Badger State, Jones is looking to prove he can hold his own among the best with a strong 2017-18 campaign.
“They want to see me become more of a vocal leader,” Jones told Prep Hoops. “Just run my team, get people involved, and do what I do.”
For now, Jones has a pair of Division 2 scholarship offers. Both Bemidji State and Wayne State are on the board.
The Beavers, who have three Wisconsin natives on their roster, have been prioritizing the 6-foot-2, 160-pound floor general as of late.
“They want me to come in, play a lot of minutes,” said Jones. “They said it’s going to be my team and basically run the show. I could be a dominate player there.”
Jones is looking to learn more about Wayne State.
“I haven’t visited, so I can’t say too much,” he said. “It’s a good coaching staff, they get a lot of players to graduate. It seems like a good atmosphere and playing style.”
Other Division 2 interest is coming in from Lewis and Grand Valley State.
UW-Milwaukee, IPFW, Montana State, and Bradley are also sniffing around at the Division 1 level. Jones said the Mastadons seem the most serious at this time.
“They’re being patient,” said Jones. “They’ve seen my film. They have to come see me play in person.”
This season, Jones is putting up 21.3 points and nearly five assists per game for the Knights, who are sitting at 15-3 overall.
While playing at the Division 1 level is a dream, Jones won’t let that be the determining factor in his recruitment.
“Personally, I feel like I am a Division 1 player,” he said. “That’s a goal of mine. But at the end of the day I want to look for the best school, best fit for me.”