Part of a young team, 2019 G/F Xzavier Jones began coming into his own as a sophomore. Averaging 12.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while helping the Spartans to a 22-4 record as a sophomore, Jones drew high major in-state programs Marquette and Wisconsin to his games last season.

That momentum carried into spring and summer and Jones picked up his first four scholarship offers.  “It was a lot of fun,” Jones told NY2LA Sports. “It was a big year for me. I just worked on my game a lot and came into the games and did what I did best. Once the schools started calling, it was eye-opening. It made me want to put in more work.”

Bradley, IUPUI, Green Bay, and St. Louis were the first four schools to extend offers to Jones. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound junior keeps in touch with three of those programs consistently. 

Bradley: “I took a visit two weeks ago. It was a pretty nice school. I like the coaching staff. It was a big school, the dorms and everything were nice.”

Green Bay: “I’ve been talking to them, but I haven’t taken a visit or been on campus. The coaching staff told me they like the way I play. They’re trying to get me on campus and they’d like to see me in their jerseys.”

St. Louis: “When I went to the Nike Elite 100 Camp, I was already on campus. It was nice. I liked the dorms and the campus was really nice. The gym was pretty big and they’re getting a new locker room.”

Jones is picking up interest from Illinois, Tulsa, UW-Milwaukee, Butler, Boise State, Drake, Miami (OH), Air Force, and others going into the fall.  Leaving UW-Milwaukee after last season, Butler head coach LaVall Jordan has stayed on the Milwaukee native and according to Jones, could be next to offer.  “They want me to come on campus,” said Jones. “They’re going to come to an open gym and we just have good conversations. When they start school, I should be going to take a visit.”

Jones has no future unofficial visits scheduled at this time. Not looking to make a decision any time soon, Jones plans to play out next July before making a commitment.  “I want to wait until next AAU season,” he said. “I want to see which schools offer me and then make my decision.” 

Jones plays for Playground Elite during the travel season.