An oft-overlooked big man prospect, Orangeville Prep 2018 Joe Jones is looking forward to adding to a growing list of college suitors with a big senior season.  A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Jones checks in at 6’10, 220-pounds and is a terrific shot-blocking and rebounding big man. He brings terrific speed and quickness to the court, is able to run the floor like a guard and plays high above the rim.

“I’m mainly a defensive player, I’m a shot blocker, I grab rebounds well and I guard the paint,” Jones said.

Because of his athleticism, Jones is adept at switching ball screens and guarding a smaller player and hedging out on screens. Despite limited playing time with the Albany City Rocks during the Nike EYBL circuit, it is those attributes that has made Jones an attractive target for several programs.  Jones currently holds offers from University of Buffalo, Canisius, Umass, St. Bonaventure, Niagara and Kent State. He hasn’t taken an official visit yet, but has taken unofficial visits to Canisius and Villanova.

“What a lot of people like about me is that I'm fast for a big and I run the floor consistently,” he says. “Offensively, I can get a lot of put backs off rebounding. I'm a dunker and my court vision is good, so I can play off screen and rolls and I am able to draw a double team in the post which helps my guards get open for shots.  I think I'm a sleeper right now with the college recruitment but they’re going to wake up soon,” Jones says.

Jones transferred out of the Park School of Buffalo to Orangeville Prep in Canada and says he just wants to win this season.  “That's my goal for the year to do whatever I need to do for my team to win so that means whatever the team lacking in I'm willing to step up in that position,” he said.

A fan of NBA big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, Jones says his family has been the biggest influence on his basketball career to date.  “My family motivates me.  They teach me and talk to me a lot,” Jones said. “Just seeing my mom wake up every day going to work having a normal day job motivates me.  My dad played basketball to so he talks to me a lot and my sister talks to me about it … my family motivates me and just being that one that could make it out and possibly help people motivates me as well.