Jerry Jones is the third member of the 2010-11 recruiting class, joining guards T.J. McConnell (Oakdale, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and Michael Talley (Detroit, Mich./ Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology), who signed with Duquesne during the fall early-signing period.
"Jerry will add a lot to what is a very talented freshman class," said Everhart, who just completed his fourth season at DU. "He's a great kid and a very versatile player who can play - and guard - three positions. The unique versatility of his game should enable him to thrive in our style of play."
The 6-5, 180-pound Jones averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists for an Inkster team that won a district title in finishing 19-5 in Michigan's Class A - the largest classification in the state. Named as the No. 1 "sleeper" in the state by Prep Spotlight Magazine, Jones was named fifth team Class A all-state by the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. He was also named second team all-metro and first team all-West by both outlets.
"Jerry was the fastest rising senior in Michigan's 2010 class," said Vince Baldwin, president of Prep Spotlight National Scouting Service. "He is an outstanding athlete who excels in transition and finishes plays above the rim. He is also an outstanding lock down defender. I have him ranked as the No. 3 wing guard and No. 10 overall prospect in what is a loaded 2010 class in the state of Michigan."
Jones, who was also named honorable mention Associated Press Class A all state, helped Inkster to the regional final in 2009-10. During the Vikings' postseason run, Jones scored 19 points as Inkster defeated then 21-1 Romulus 82-73 in the Class A district final. Romulus was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 23 in the country at the time.
Jones joins McConnell and Talley who are coming off highly successful senior seasons.
McConnell, who was named the Pennsylvania Class AAA player of the year, finished as the fifth-highest scoring player in the history of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League with 2,406 points - including 1,062 this season - in leading Chartiers Valley to a WPIAL championship and state championship final game appearance.
Talley, who was named Michigan's Class C player of the year for the third consecutive season in 2009-10, led Melvindale ABT to the Class C state title. One of six finalists for Michigan's Mr. Basketball, Talley was also named to the Detroit News prestigious five-man Dream Team.
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY MEN'S BASKETBALL
2010-11 RECRUITING CLASS
NAME POS HT WT CL PPG APG HOMETOWN/LAST SCHOOL
Jerry Jones G/F 6-5 180 Fr. 18.1 4.8 Detroit, Mich.
T.J. McConnell G 6-0 165 Fr. 34.2 9.1 Oakdale, Pa.
Mike Talley G 5-11 170 Fr. 31.2 8.1 Detroit, Mich.