Romar Inks First Basketball Recruit
May 6, 2002
SEATTLE - Bobby Jones, a 6-foot-7 forward from Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif. signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced Monday.
Jones, who visited Seattle last weekend, is the first recruit to sign with the Husky basketball team since Romar was hired as head coach on April 3.
Rated the 10th best small forward in the West by Prep West Hoops, Jones was a top-100 national player according to several ratings services. He was listed No. 96 in the Student Sports Hot 100 list of basketball recruits and was No. 98 in Clark Francis' Hoop Scoop.
Jones averaged 19 points and nine rebounds during his senior season at Poly High School. The Jackrabbits registered a 30-4 record and finished as the Southern California Regional runners-up to eventual state champion Westchester. Jones was named to the 10-man all-state team selected by Cal-Hi Sports.
He attended Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif. the previous three years where he played alongside Tyson Chandler who was the second selection in the 2001 NBA Draft. As a junior, Jones averaged 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals at Dominguez which had a 31-4 record in 2001 and won its third consecutive Division II state championship. Dominguez also won the title in 1999 and the 2000 state championship squad was ranked No. 1 nationally in USA Today.
'We are very fortunate to get a player like Bobby Jones at this late stage of the game,' Romar remarked. 'He is an outstanding defender and a winner who lost only one playoff game in four years of high school and won three state championships. Anytime you have a guy in your program who has won that much and is that competitive, it can be nothing but contagious. We're very pleased to have him at Washington.'
Jones in an outstanding defender and an excellent student who has already achieved a qualifying test score.
'Few argue that he's one of the best athletes in the country. He's carved a niche for himself as a prominent defensive stopper,' Prep West Hoops describes Jones, adding that he, 'excels in running the floor and creating excitement in transition.'
Jones was recruited by numerous schools throughout the country and considered Boston College, Long Beach State, Pepperdine and New Mexico before selecting Washington.
The Huskies have one more scholarship available for the late signing period that ends May 15. Two prep standouts signed with UW during the early signing period in November, wing Brandon Roy and center Anthony Washington. The three recruits will attend Washington this fall and join a Husky team that posted an 11-18 record in 2001-02, placing eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 mark.
2001-02 UW Men's Basketball Letter of Intent Signees
Bobby Jones, Forward, 6-7, 195, Long Beach, Calif. (Poly HS)
Brandon Roy, Guard/Forward, 6-5, 195, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
Anthony Washington, Forward, 6-9, 220 Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)