A day after his disappointing loss to Butler, Kelvin Sampson received word of a player who is hoping to deliver IU some wins.
The only problem for the Hoosiers is he wonâ€™t be here for two years.
Fort Wayne native Eshaunte Jones verbally committed to play for the Hoosiers in an afternoon press conference at Fort Wayne North Side High School.
â€œI really wanted to stay close to home,â€ Jones said. â€œI think they have a really good coaching staffâ€¦and I think this will be a great opportunity for me.â€
But the opportunity wonâ€™t come next season. The 6-foot-4 Jones has elected to attend prep school next season and join the Hoosiers as a freshman in 2008.
â€œHopefully in a year he will improve body-wise and I think that will make him a better player,â€ North Side coach Mike Novell said. â€œHis defensive end isnâ€™t quite where his offensive game is right now.â€
But Novell spoke very highly of his star playerâ€™s offensive abilities. He described Jones as a â€œtremendous offensive player.â€
â€œHe is great three point shooter and finisher. He has that special way of finding the basket and is a great passer,â€ Novell said.
(The rest of this article will appear in tomorrow’s newspaper)