Mike Boynton alluded to some potential movement on the recruiting trail Saturday on his Twitter account, and poof, things happened on Sunday afternoon.
Kentrevious Jones — a former Xavier recruit who signed with the Musketeers in 2017 — announced he has not only committed to Oklahoma State following a visit this weekend, but also signed. Jones posted the following to his Instagram page.
Jones is a 6-foot-10, 285-pound center who will provide an immediate jolt of depth and talent to an otherwise depleted frontcourt that has been gutted by departures of Yankuba Sima and Mitchell Solomon this offseason.
Although Jones signed with Xavier out of high school, he failed to qualify from an academic standpoint. And because he spent last season at Quality Education Prep School in North Carolina, he will be eligible immediately and available for next season with four years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
“We are thrilled that Kentrevious will be joining our program,” Boynton said in a press release. “He comes from a great family and has been coached very well at every stop in his career thus far. Kentrevious is a tremendously hard worker who shares the values that we consider most important in building a championship program. He has a great desire to learn, and an even greater desire to win. He will bring a great post presence to our program. Kentrevious has a really high basketball IQ and will be valuable for us on both ends of the court for years to come. We can’t wait to work with him.”
Jones was viewed as a top-400 prospect out of high school and a three-star prospect from Macon, Georgia. He held offers from Jacksonville and Xavier, as well as interest from Oklahoma and Louisiana State among others. Given his large frame and build, he’s known as a bruising force in the paint — something 247Sports evaluators noted in a scouting report in 2016 that made him stand out among other similar recruits.
At 6-foot-10 and close to 300 pounds, Jones is a traditional low-post, back-to-the-basket center. For a player with such a massive frame, he moves well and is fairly fluid. He’s reportedly lost nearly 30 pounds since XU began recruiting him, which definitely made the staff even more intrigued by his upside. He’s going to have to put a lot of work in on his body to be successful at the high-major level, but his recent weight-loss shows he’s at least cognizant of that fact and wants it bad enough to make some sacrifices.
Jones’ offensive skill and upside is what really caught XU head coach Chris Mack’s eyes this July when Mack extended an offer and began recruiting him personally. Jones has the potential to be a go-to option that a team can run its offense through on the block. His hands and his touch around the basket are good, and his feel and skill as a passer are a big key to his long-term development.
On the defensive end, Jones will have to increase his strength to the point that he never gives up ground in the post and he becomes a dominant rebounder. Opponents are undoubtedly going to try to expose him by putting him in ball-screens whenever he’s on the court, and it’s hard to imagine he’ll ever be quick enough to thrive when guarding away from the basket. [247Sports]
With Jones in the fold, he joins signees Yor Anei and Duncan Demuth as incoming players for 2018. Oklahoma State still has work to do to address backcourt positions, but point guard Courtney Ramey and USC Upstate Mike Cunningham remain high on the radar as the signing period wages on.