"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Mookie Jones lists MU as a finalist

Well, well, well......here's a pleasant surprise. Mookie Jones, a 6-6 SF from Peekskill (NY) High School, pared his list down to six suitors -- Marquette, DePaul, Rutgers, Michigan, Syracuse and Kansas. Zag's blog was all over it, as usual. Syracuse has blanketed Jones for sometime. Head coach Jim Boeheim spoke at the Red Devils' basketball banquet in Cortlandt Manor earlier this year.

Jones might the most clutch player in the Class of 2008. Slowed by an injury the spring and summer of 2006, Jones' play improved as his junior season rolled along along. The wiry wing led the Red Devils to the program's third straight Class A state title and another Federation championship. Jones was largely responsible for the Peekskill post-season dominance, winning two games at the buzzer in the post-season including a game winning three-pointer to claim the Federation crown -- the so-called 'Mookie Miracle'. Jones is carving out quite a spot in Peekskill basketball history which is saying something since alums include Brent Dabbs, Elton Brand and Hilton Armstrong.

The kid has moxie, and is blowing up this summer. We don't have word on any official visits from Jones, but will keep you posted.

Tom Crean continues to surprise on the recruiting front this summer and early fall. In the past, MU has consistently failed to attract strong interest from true SF prospects -- a notable gap on the roster for years in Milwaukee. Between Jones, Goulbourne, Swopshire and Woolriddge it seems that MU is likely to break the cycle at the SF slot.


Mikey T said...
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Mikey T said...

Zagsblog or Scout.com was all over this????

TB said...

"Zagsblog or Scout.com was all over this????"

both, actually.

One was free, however, hence the detailed post above and reference.