Five-star guard Andrew Jones of Irving Macarthur is prepping for the McDonalds All-American game before joining the Texas Longhorns and Shaka Smart next season. In the above interview with Scout.com's Evan Daniels, the 6'4, 180-pound guard says he sacrificed himself hitting the gym every day last summer to become a better athlete.
"I wanted to be the best," he says. "I pushed my body to the limit so I could become who I wanted to be."
It's paid off, as Jones is now a five-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 24 player nationally after ascending in the rankings over the last several months. As a senior, he's had a number of monster performances and plans to bring that same energy, enthusiasm and athleticism to the team, all while taking on a leadership role with the potential departure of Isaiah Taylor.
Jones has also already built a strong rapport with Smart.
"Me and him have the greatest relationship," Jones says of his future head coach. "I talk to him every day, talked to him earlier today as a matter of fact. He gave me a few pointers on how to go about this. 'Don't try to do to much, just play your game, talk, play defense and hustle.'"
Jones says Smart will use him as a combo guard, most likely running the point. He was also asked about Jarrett Allen, an uncommitted five-star center thought to be leaning toward Texas.
"I've been recruiting him hard," Jones says. "I text him every day, I go to breakfast with him, I ride the bus next to him. I'm trying to build a family relationship. I'm not forcing him to come to Texas, but I want him to make the decision on his own that Texas is family oriented and we want him."