Penn State men's basketball received its fourth and almost certainly final commitment for its 2018 recruiting class Wednesday, as combo guard Myreon Jones announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions.
We profiled Jones yesterday, which you can read here. He was committed to Memphis until the firing of Tubby Smith, and received interest late in the 2018 recruiting cycle as one of the top available players.
Scouting services are split on Jones' ability. 247 Sports has Jones among their top 100 prospects — he's ranked 81st nationally by the scouting service, which is three spots higher than Tony Carr was when he enrolled at Penn State — and has a big admirer in the network's leading recruiting analyst:
Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) said Memphis' latest commitment, Myreon Jones, has five-star potential and that if he was re-ranking today, Jones would be in his Top 50.— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) March 5, 2018
Other services are a little more cool on Jones. He's the No. 169 player nationally by 247Sports' Composite rating, while Rivals has him as a three-star prospect and ESPN has not given him a rating.
The JONES File
- Class: 2018
- Size: 6-3, 170 lbs
- Pos: G
- School: Lincoln Academy (Suwanee, GA)
- Hometown: Birmingham, AL
- Composite Rating: .9117
- Composite Rank: 169
Following the departures of Carr, Shep Garner, and Nazeer Bostick, there is plenty of playing time available in Penn State's backcourt, and it would not be surprising to see Jones receiving immediate playing time. Jamari Wheeler, Rasir Bolton, and Daniil Kasatkin all profile as point guard types, which means that Jones is likely to play at the 2-guard spot with top recruit Myles Dread.
It will be a very young backcourt this year, with Wheeler being the only non-freshman in that group. The team was likely going to rely on the play of upperclassmen like Josh Reaves, Lamar Stevens, and Mike Watkins anyway, but the youth movement at guard makes it all but a necessity.
Jones appears to be the final scholarship player for the 2018-19 season, with his commitment coming less than a week after the commitment of St. Bonaventure transfer Izaiah Brockington. Penn State had shown interest in the grad transfer market, but top target Joe Cremo appears to have his sights set on bigger programs that have recruited the Albany product, while Michael Finke will join his brother at Grand Canyon.