Dale Jones Locks In Iowa Visit
The much-anticipated official visit of Dale Jones to Iowa has been set, his coach at Tyler Junior College, Mike Marquis, told AllHawkeyes.com.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound face-up four man is scheduled to be at Iowa the weekend of April 17-19, Marquis said. Jones is believed to be the top target for the Hawkeyes’ last open scholarship in the 2015 recruiting class.
Jones prepped at Waterloo West High School. He averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds as a redshirt sophomore at Tyler this season.
Marquis said recently that he requires his players to visit four-year programs before committing to them. There’s been heavy speculation that Jones might have already silently pledged to the Hawkeyes but his JUCO coach stopped short of going that far.
"(The Iowa coaches) have just done a great job with him for a long time," said Marquis, an Iowa native who previously coached state JUCOs, Indiana Hills and Marshalltown. "I would be both sad and disappointed if Dale didn’t end up at Iowa just because of how well those guys have done with him. But he needs to go there, see all of the dynamics of the program, see how he meshes with the coaches and players while there, and make sure he’s sure it’s right for him."
Iowa and Jones were trying to set up his visit for this coming weekend but Marquis said there was a conflict for the players’ parents, who want to come down from Waterloo for it.
"I think one of them might have to work (this weekend) and they wanted to make sure they were there for the trip being as it’s so close," Marquis said.
Jones enjoyed a strong freshman season at Tyler and was attracting high-major scouts, including Iowa, Marquis said. He tore his ACL in September of ’13 however and sat out a year before returning to the court this past season.
Jones has built a reputation as a dangerous shooter. He connected on 45 percent of his three-point attempts and knocked down more than 85 percent of his free throw tries.
Iowa signed four players – Brandon Hutton, Andrew Fleming, Ahmad Wagner and Isaiah Moss – during the early signing period in November. Christian Williams verbally committed to the group last month and was excepted to sign his national letter of intent next Wednesday, April 15, when the month-long late period gets underway.
If Jones decides Iowa is the place for him, he can sign during or after his visit, making it an usual six-player recruiting class. He’d have two years to play two seasons.