Duke Lands Sharpshooter Matt Jones

Duke picked up its first commitment for the class of 2013 on Monday night when DeSoto’s (TX) Matt Jones verbally pledged to join the Blue Devils through Twitter. Jones, a 6-4 two-guard, is known for his deadly shooting touch, especially from the perimeter. A top-25 recruit, Jones’ AAU teammate Julius Randle is rated as SLAM’s 2nd best junior in America. Will he also end up playing for coach Mike Krzyzewski? — they are recruiting him. Either way, Jones is a huge gain for Duke and a high profile prospect. From the Fayetteville Observer: “The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Jones, who is from DeSoto, Texas, was also considering North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Kansas, according to [Dave] Telep. “In his mind he knew what he wanted to do,” Telep said. “When that happens, the right thing to do is not waste anybody else’s time because the second-best thing after a yes is a no so the other schools can move on.”Duke, with only one senior on its current roster, has signed just one player – shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon – from the Class of 2012. The Blue Devils are still pursuing small forward Shabazz Muhammad, ranked first overall in his class, and power forward Tony Parker.”