Sophomore Star Derrick Jones Likes Syracuse, Kentucky

Derrick Jones is only a sophomore at Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll High School, but he may already have a good idea about his dream schools.

“He’s leaning toward Syracuse and he would love to go to Kentucky,” his father, Derrick Jones Sr., told SNY.tv.

“He loves Kentucky and he loves Syracuse. We’ve been talking about Syracuse the most.”

Syracuse has offered, while Kentucky has not.

“They don’t call until they know what they want,” Jones Sr. said of Kentucky.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward is ranked No. 37 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals. He was one of the stars at the recent Pittsburgh Jam Fest while playing with the We R 1 AAU program, and his father said the younger Jones holds offers from Villanova, Temple, Arkansas, Xavier, Cincinnati, Penn State, Ohio State, Rutgers and others.

“I’m pretty sure within the next month or two we’re going to get a lot more,” the father said.

Jones has already visited Temple and Villanova and plans to visit Syracuse, Iowa State and UCLA this summer.

“We’re goint to see Syracuse this summer,” Jones Sr. said.

He added that he thinks his son could fit well into Syracuse’s offense and zone defense.

“I think how they play, the size of their wing plyers, how they’re open to the different changes in the game,” he said.

“Syracuse has a little bit of everything, combo guards, combo forwards.”

Jones plays a stretch four at Archbishop Carroll, but Jones Sr. said his son has a vast array of talents.

“Derrick can be as good as he wants to be,” said Terrell Myers, his AAU coach. “His athleticism and motor give him a huge edge versus his competition. This summer we will continue to spent time in the gym developing his body and skill set. Once that transition happens he could possibly be the best player in America.”

Jones Sr. said it was possible his son could make a college commitment next season as a junior if he feels comfortable with his choice.

“Junior year he may commit,” Jones Sr. said. “I told him to take his time, go see the schools. Take your time to make your decision where you go. I don’t want him to make the wrong decision.”

Jones comes from an athletic family. Johnson Sr. said he is a former boxer, Derrick’s grandfather played football and Derrick’s uncle, Ron Jones, had a pro basketball career cut short by injury.

Jones Sr. said he himself got sidetracked by the streets in Chester, Pa., but has since moved the family to Chicester, Pa., which he feels is a better environment for his son.

“I ended up getting my stuff together a little bit,” Jones Sr. said.

“Chichester is a little bit more settled where he can be himself and not have to be a part of that Chester hype. The basketball scene is great and I love Chester.

“At the end of the day I didn’t think that Derrick fit. Derrick would be a whole different kid if I left him in Chester.”

He added: “Derrick hasn’t had the easiest life. I put him in a position to be successful. He’s an all-around great player, a great kid. He works every day, on and off the court.”

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79 comments
Bent
Bent moderator

@Marcus Armstrong


Hmmm...this seems to suggest that Mariota might be susceptible to the sort of traps he won't have seen much of in college.


Winston has already proven to be susceptible to such traps at times.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan


Funny how this tells a different story from the "Mariota doesn't/can't throw deep" narrative.

jsadolph
jsadolph

"He is Rex's boy. He will succeed Rex Ryan on this team. I have already said the jets should kick him straight back to St. Louis. 

Interested Jet"

I had to bring this back up to the top, because it is the funninest thing that I have heard today.  Thank You Intrested Jet, You have just made my day a little better.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 That settles that. No more Ogbuehi in the 3rd round for your mocks, people. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

 Richardson made the kind of April statement familiar to Ryan when he said that he believed the Jets were going to be the best team in the league in 2015. The bravado sounds the same, but Richardson’s rationale for that prediction was that there are big differences in talent on both sides of the ball and tight end Jace Amaro said that those aren’t the only differences under new coach Todd Bowles.

“He’s not really playing around with everyone being late. We had an issue with that last year,” Amaro said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian. “Guys just weren’t accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that’s the biggest thing, he’s making sure everyone’s gonna be 100 percent in or he’s not going to be on the team.”

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68


“He’s not really playing around with everyone being late. We had an issue with that last year,”


Geno - still on the team, but position under threat

Pryor - still on the team, pretty much still pencilled in as starter

Wilson - gone

Allen - still on the team, but for how long?

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan

My mother's good friend is named Lovie.


She's a wonderful woman.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @Brendan

That would be pretty funny.


I do know a woman named Kimberly Wimberly, though.  Or, at least, she was named that, she might have a new surname post-marriage.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Pretty amazing what a quality GM does for morale of the players...

This quote from Richardson makes me even more disgusted by Idzik and happy for the players

bradysucks
bradysucks

You are the one reliving them

I am pointing out a difference in morale which is positive

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks Please don't make every day about the past. Look forward, dude. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

Not the point

Point is players seem very happy

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks

You gotta go through bad times to appreciate better times....


True.  And sometimes you even have to relive them, for perspective and catharsis.


You don't have to relive them every day, though.

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks I get that, but let's just leave that skeleton in the closet, so to speak. Hopefully Geno (or Fitz) doesn't make Sheldon look silly in 8 months or whatever. 

Bklyn Dude
Bklyn Dude

@bradysucks

Maybe Idzik's plan was to give the future GM loads of money to spend in free agency and a high draft pick for a quicker turn around.  I'm sure Idzik was hoping to be the GM that could spend that money.  Idzik gave us Sheldon and ultimately Maccagnan and Bowles......uh thanks John.

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks  There's just no need to bring Idzik up, that's all. I agree, the players have an extra giddyup in their step, it seems, which is obviously great. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

You gotta go through bad times to appreciate better times....

I am not bothered by lessons learned from Idzik....just happy for the players

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 So that means teams with Chris Ivory, Alfred Morris and Lamar Miller all brought in Stevan Ridley. Those are all similarish power runners and Ridley also fits the bill. Looks like his value is topping out at "backup to the starting battering ram, but capable of starting if the current starter goes down or could even push for the job himself." 


Also, a trade for a lower-round pick in-season if a team gets the injury bug at RB is something Macc could keep in his back pocket, potentially. Obviously it depends on Ridley being good, but he's been more good than bad in his career so I'd take the shot. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68

I think this is another indication that Maccagnan is probably holding the line on these backup/depth deals for vets at that one-year, 800-900k range with 40k-80k guaranteed and a 665k cap hit so that they don't hurt the cap whether we keep them or dump them come August, and some guys (Colon, Hilliard, Brewer, Vickerson, Davis, Lattimore, etc.) are taking that deal and some guys (Bellore, Denarius Moore, possibly Ridley, etc.) are going out and shopping for something better, but Macc's not going to panic and budge.  Our offer is our offer (if you're a backup).  Take it or leave it.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Yeah, it's like Idzik, except Macc is doing it with the backups and Idzik did it with potential starters. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Brendan


We'll see if Moore got anything better.  If he just took the minimum elsewhere, we're left to speculate on whether the Jets just weren't that interested to make him an offer or did he prefer the other team?

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan

I'm glad this is in Hurricane colors and not in Dolphin colors.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 I wouldn't have posted it if it were. 


My family and I went down to Southern Florida for a wedding a couple weekends ago for a close family friend. It was a great time, but my dad kept looking in disgust at the decorations and after a while my mom finally asked him what his problem was. 


"....Dolphins colors. Everything is in fcking Dolphins colors." We ended up at a table of Jets fans so we commiserated a bit, made fun of the Dolphins and then told the groom if he made that mistake again we'd toss him in the Harbor. 

kniff
kniff

Yeah,  statements like that remind me of Rex, but I'm just concerned about extending Mo and sending the right message. Having a smart draft will help too. 


Trade rumors on Mo for a QB are cancer for an already anemic Jets culture,  which I hope to actually see rectified by the new regime. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

 Jets

+ Good Quarterback

________________


Sky's the limit

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @Lloyd Jay Reife

He's right, guys.  We did the research:  Scoring points and preventing the opposition from scoring is good now.  We should start doing more of that.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 *tears up draft board* 


Well when were you planning on sharing this news with the rest of the class? All that work FOR NOTHING. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68

You know who scores a lot of points?  Johnny Manziel.  We should draft him.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Brendan @tsjc68


Just read another of Serby's mocks.  He really covers his bases (A$$).   Last week we HAD to get Mariota, today he said "no QB for Jets @ 6".

Brendan
Brendan

@Lloyd Jay Reife Haha Serby is the worst. I don't even know why he's allowed to write about football anymore. 


I think the safest pick is Leonard Williams followed closely by La'el. If the Jets get a QB, awesome, but if not I'm not going to lose sleep. 

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 I have maybe actively clicked on 1 or 2 links for them this year. I honestly don't even care what these guys have to say anymore. I look at Walter's site or one that goes deeper into its mock early to get a feel for general tiers guys are seen in, but it's all bullsht as these guys haven't even fully scouted the players themselves yet. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68

I look at Walter's site or one that goes deeper into its mock early to get a feel for general tiers guys are seen in


Yeah, I'd probably caution against doing that as well.  You're going to build some assumptions that you're just going to have to unlearn later.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Brendan


Points scored in a field sobriety test don't help though, 68.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Yeah, it's more just an inventory of names than anything else. Like a list of guys I need to start researching myself. I hold the opinion of the homeless guy who uses the Q train as his toilet about as highly as Walter's. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent BECAUSE HE PLAY LIKE JANE. *MAKES DUMB FACE*

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @tsjc68  If it was, that would make the above comment about the homeless man even funnier.