It only took Derrick Jones one minute to get airborne, something that’s been a signature attribute of his game since he’s entered Archbishop Carroll as a freshman.
Jones left his feet and every college coach at Philadelphia University for the Reebok Breakout Classic on Wednesday stopped and stared. Jones had four big dunks before ending his night in front of Gerry McNamara from Syracuse, John Calipari from Kentucky, John Beilein from Michigan and other top-tier college programs.
But Jones said that doesn’t faze him. It’s his game that attracted the coaches in the first place, so it’s not going to change on a big stage with the country’s greatest high school prospects.
“It’s a great honor just to have the coaches here,” Jones said following Team Attaq’s 80-67 victory over Team Dipset. “It’s not going to change my game though. My game is what got them here, I’m just going to keep playing and work during the summer and see how everything pans out.”
Jones said he has plans to visit Kentucky, Louisville, Florida and Indiana in August but doesn’t have a timetable on when he could be cutting his list down and making a decision on colleges.
The 6-foot-7, gangly swingman is one of over one hundred prospects at Philly U for the Reebok Breakout Classic, a high school showcase during the July Live Period for college basketball recruiting.
But during his lone visit with Kevin Ollie and Connecticut, it finally hit him that schools were after him. So this summer, he’s decided to fully refine his all-around game.
“I know I have to work on my jumper,” Jones said. “Nothing is perfect and you can never work on something too much. That’s what I’m working on now, with my coaches, with my dad; I’m just getting up shots. I’m doing drills and getting up game shots.”
Jones continued: “I always had the midrange game, I just never used it. I’m in the gym now knocking down threes, but my shots not falling with these Reebok balls. I’m not complaining though” he chuckled.
Jones finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds, going 6-for-8 from the floor. He injured his shin in a bang-up play going to the rim but said “he’s fine.”
Silva eyeing Villanova and others
Roselle Catholic forward Chris Silva said that he’s eyeing Villanova as potential visit for August when he begins looking at schools.
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound senior power forward from Roselle Park, NJ, said he’s looking for a familial atmosphere for his landing spot for college.
“Right now, I’m keeping my head in school but I’m going to start going to some schools and planning visits around August,” Silva said. ““I’m looking to play right away and I need a school that feels like home and a family, distance isn’t a problem but it has to be affordable.”
Silva holds offers from SMU, Creighton, Villanova, Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Rhode Island and more.
An athletic forward, Silva showed off his bounce during the Reebok Classic Wednesday night, getting to numerous blocks and attempting windmill jams at every chance he got.
Rated a three-star recruit by scouting services, Silva had seven points and six rebounds in limited time on the court.
Germantown Academy’s Goodman gets offer
Devon Goodman, a rising junior at Germantown Academy, has picked up an offer from Penn, he informed the Daily News on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-1 guard said that was his lone offer after attending the Penn Elite Camp last week.
“I got it about a week ago and I’m hoping to build on that and get more offers,” Goodman said. “I want to go a little bit bigger [with recruitment], but Penn is a good school education wise and basketball wise, so that can open doors for me too.”
Goodman dropped five points on 2-for-5 shooting in his first game during the camp sessions.