The third of four children born to the affable Mark and Arrolyn Jones and raised in the diverse Dallas suburb of DeSoto, 6’5″ Matthew Jones, who, in late November of 2011, became the first pledge to Duke in the class of 2013, has carved his niche in this world by developing into one of the elite shooters in his class. Although he once described himself as a “chubby kid,” Jones grew well beyond his parents’ heights and has worked hard in the gym to stay lean.
The more recent focus of Matt Jones’ development has been centered around learning to handle the basketball more, being aggressive on offense, looking to become a better passer, and attempting to become a more focused defender. The beneficiary was DeSoto (TX) HS, which compiled a 33-3 record and was ranked nationally for stretches of the season, including after they defeated Simeon Academy of Chicago with fellow incoming Duke freshman Jabari Parker in an early season victory.
In recognition, Jones, who averaged sixteen points and nearly six assists for the top-ranked squad in Texas’ largest classification, earned All-State honors in Texas and was named a McDonald’s All-American. Clearly coming from a wellspring of a genetic pool, Jones joined his sister Jordan, a 5’8″ key freshman reserve guard for the Texas A & M Aggies, to become just the third pair of brother-sister McDonald’s All-Americans.
After playing more of a self-described “team game,” with four shots in thirteen minutes, at the United Center in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American game, Jones felt the need to be more aggressive at this year’s Jordan Classic game at the Barclays Center. With his close friend and former AAU teammate for the Texas Titans, Julius Randle, a Kentucky commitment, suiting up for the East squad, Matt Jones teamed up with his future Duke roommate, 6’8″ Jabari Parker, to lead the West squad, which was coincidentally coached by his DeSoto coach Chris Dyer, to a 102-98 win in Brooklyn.
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