Bahamian high school player being recruited by major schools
Bahamian Kai Jones’ stock is rising as he just finished his senior year at Orlando Christian Prep (OCP) in Orlando, Florida, USA, and a number of major National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) programs have expressed interest.
Jones and the Orlando Christian Prep Warriors won the 2018 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 3A state championship in March.
The 6-foot-11, 17-year-old center, who initially wanted to be a long jumper, saw improved numbers across the board this season. He started the season as an unranked player but has since climbed the ladder to being a four-star player.
Jones has decided to pursue his post-graduate season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, where he will play for Coach Jason Smith. Current National Basketball Association (NBA) Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell is an alumnus of that academy.
Major NCAA schools that have expressed an interest in Jones are Georgetown, the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Illinois, the University of South Florida, the University of Rhode Island, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Old Dominion, Florida Gulf Coast, the University at Buffalo and Dayton. Jones has already made a visit to the University of Dayton. He played for Team Breakdown in the Under Armour Association Tournament in April, and averaged 6.3 points per game while shooting 68 percent from the field. Jones grabbed 5.8 rebounds per game and led his team in blocks with 2.5 per game.
Jones was one of 40 players who had a chance to participate in the NBA Global Camp in Treviso, Italy. It was held from June 2–5 and was geared toward eligible top draft prospects from outside the United States. Jones received great reviews from Fran Fraschilla, former college coach and current ESPN college basketball analyst. Fraschilla posted a picture with him and Jones on Twitter with the caption: “Introducing the Bahamas’ 6-11 @242_jones who showed great potential at #NBAGlobalCamp. Really don’t care where he’s ranked. I coached 18 @NBA players & he fits mold but IN TIME.”
Fraschilla also said that he was blown away with Jones’ length, athleticism and energy.
Evan Daniels, of 247Sports Basketball Recruiting, posted on Twitter: “Received a handful of calls on Kai Jones from the NBA Global Academy. Watched all his clips from the spring. I’m impressed & he has a unique story. Potential blow up candidate for the summer.”
The camp included interview sessions, five-on-five games, shooting drills, and strength and agility testing in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams, all under the direction of NBA personnel.
The camp featured players from countries like Turkey, Canada, Spain, Brazil and Italy, just to name a few.