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4-star big Kai Jones names Texas in his top 3

The Longhorns have limited spots remaining the 2019 class, but remain in the mix for Jones.

Kai Jones

Following an official visit to Austin last weekend, Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy big Kai Jones named the Texas Longhorns one of his top three schools on Tuesday, along with the Baylor Bears and the Florida State Seminoles:

A native of the Bahamas, Jones is a 6’10, 205-pounder who will take his official visit to Waco this weekend. The Seminoles hosted him earlier in September. A consensus four-star prospect, Jones is ranked as the No. 53 player nationally, the No. 3 center, and the No. 3 player in New Hampshire, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Jones fits the profile of several other recruits during head coach Shaka Smart’s tenure as a raw prospect with significant upside, but his profile is a little bit different. After coming to the United States in the summer of 2017 at 6’8, he’s now 6’10 following a growth spurt of five inches that transformed his potential as a basketball player.

Now he’ll benefit from a postgraduate year at Brewster Academy following a state title run at Orlando Prep. Jones hopes to grow his game in New Hampshire.

“I’m working on all aspects of my game, especially my jump shot and strength. I work on my shooting every day and I’m working towards being a great shooter,” Jones told Prep Hoops in June. “I also what to improve my basketball IQ that comes from watching more film and playing more games considering that I’ve only been playing organized ball for two years.”

So Jones has a similar profile to athletic freshman center Jaxson Hayes, but the staff is recruiting him as a forward, according to Dustin McComas of Orangebloods, in a class that already has one commitment and currently only has one other spot. Others could open if a current player elects to declare early or someone transfers.