The spring signing period for high school basketball players opened on Wednesday and the Texas Longhorns announced combo guard Andrew Jones as an official member of head coach Shaka Smart's 2016 class, joining point guard Jacob Young and forward James Banks.
"I'm extremely excited about the addition of Andrew to our basketball family," Smart said. "He brings a terrific skill set, a passion for the game and an exceptional capacity for work. I believe Andrew will make an immediate and profound impact on our program."
Indeed, Jones rose out of nowhere in the last year to become a five-star prospect by 247Sports, which rates him as the No. 24 player nationally, the No. 4 combo guard, and the No. 3 player in the state of Texas. During a monster senior season at Irving Macarthur, Jones averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists per game while leading MacArthur to a 22-7 overall record.
In early February, he scored 40 points against RL Turner, with seven rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Turner scored only 36 total points. In his next outing, he dropped 27 points, finishing the week only nine points short of the points total put up by Macarthur's opponents.
Jones earned recognition as a McDonald's All-American, but the unfortunate politics of those all-star games kept him from even reaching double figures in minutes played. However, the 6'4, 195-pounder will become the 13th Longhorns player to participate in the Jordan Brand Classic on April 15. Texas fans can watch the game on Friday at 7 p..m CT on ESPN and hopefully Jones will get some more burn this time around.