Frontcourt depth hasn’t been a strength for Oklahoma State in several years, but Mike Boynton is doing all he can to get to that point by busting his hump on the recruiting trail.
OSU currently has two incoming frontcourt signees — center Yor Anei and power forward Duncan Demuth — and potentially more on the way if things shake out right. According to 247Sports, former Xavier signee Kentrevious Jones, a 6-foot-10 center, is making a visit this weekend to Stillwater.
Jones signed with Xavier as part of its 2017 class but did not qualify academically. So after spending the last year at Quality Education Prep in North Carolina, he’ll be immediately eligible and has four years college eligibility remaining.
Jones held offers from Jacksonville and Xavier coming out of high school and had interest from Oklahoma and LSU, among others. He was regarded as a three-star prospect. At 6 foot 10, he’s got the size you desire out of a big man and he brings a traditional back-to-the-basket game that OSU has lacked.
Here’s what 247Sports had to say when scouting Jones and his potential impact back in 2016.
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]
OSU is also expected to host graduate transfer big man Wyatt Walker for a visit later this month, and at this point I would consider both to be strong candidates to take roster spots for 2018. At this point it’s a matter of whether or not OSU can land them.