Breaking down four-star guard Del Jones' commitment to Clemson


2024 four-star combo guard Del Jones announced his commitment to head coach Brad Brownell and the Clemson Tigers this afternoon. The 6-foot-2 Maryland native chose the ACC program over the likes of Arizona State, Oregon, Tennessee and West Virginia.


Jones played both on and off the ball this spring and summer for Team Durant on the EYBL Circuit averaging 10.8 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. His ability to impact the game as a playmaker has been proven throughout his high school career on the biggest of stages. Jones will be a key cog on and AZ Compass Prep team this season in the NIBC.


On what separated Clemson in his recruiting process:

"Just the consistency and making me feel wanted. Talking to the coaching staff and getting to see how I fit in the system and learning what it means to be a Tiger."

What was Clemson's pitch?

"Talking to Coach Brownell and Coach Dixon on how they wanted me to come and play my game through their offensive and being available to come in on the team and be able to make an impact right away."

MADE Hoops also caught up with Jones' head coach from Team Durant 17U from this past season, Osman Bangura:

"Del is as competitive as you’re going to see. He’s a crafty guard that’s tough and physical. He’s the type of player that is impactful of both ends of the floor."


It's been a busy, but successful week for Brownell and his staff on the recruiting front. Just three days ago, the Tigers received a commitment from three-star guard Ace Buckner, who will also play in the NIBC this season for La Lumiere. Buckner, who is also a combo guard, is the son of former Tigers' star and NBA vet Greg Buckner. The commitment from Jones now gives Brownell two dynamic guard who bring balance from a scoring and distributing standpoint. How the two mesh and if they can play at the same time will remain to be seen. Jones and Bucker join three-star forward Dallas Thomas to make up a current three-man 2024 recruiting class.


Jones dynamism is something that is coveted at the college level from the guard position. He's at his best playing with the ball in his hands and being expected to create by getting into the paint, which he visits frequently. His wiggle and burst off the bounce combined with the array of counters that he can use if a defender guesses correct on his initial move is what makes him a tough guard to contain.

Jones brings a toughness and a knack for making winning plays and should be able to find his footing quickly under Brownell's tutelage. 


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