Jones, who played point guard out of necessity last year for CHS, said he likely would play a forward spot in college.
“I think they’ll probably use me as 3, maybe a 4 if I get bigger,” Jones said.
“He can play and defend multiple positions,” Lawrence said. “His skill set and body type allow him to play multiple positions on the court. He has the tools to be a lights-out defender.”
Lawrence said the point-guard skills made Jones even more attractive.
“I don’t think there’s any question that was the case,” Lawrence said. “I always brought that up to coaches. No question it has helped his development.”
Lawrence said coaches had been flocking to Clinton to watch Jones and 6-8 junior Brady Ernst during open gyms this fall.
“Eastern Kentucky is supposed to be coming in tomorrow, Lehigh flew its head coach down, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa ... almost every open gym there have been coaches in our facilities,” Lawrence said.
While that type of exposure is great for the players being recruited, Lawrence said it would have a positive effect on everybody on the roster.
“It helps motivate some younger guys,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any way around that. To be able to have college coaches — some high-level Division I people — in the gym, I don’t think there’s any way to avoid that excitement.”
Jones said he wanted to help the River Kings take the next step during his senior year.
“I think we can finish in the top half of the (Mississippi Athletic Conference),” he said. “We hope to make a run at the MAC title and make it to state.”
Clinton finished 7-15 last season after going winless his freshman year — he moved up to the varsity late that season — and 1-21 when he was a sophomore.