Men’s Basketball: Three-star center commits to Wildcats


(Daily file photo by Noah Frick-Alofs)

Chris Collins observes from the sidelines. Collins earned his second commitment of the Class of 2019 on Sunday.

Peter Warren, Sports Editor

Men’s Basketball

Northwestern earned its second commitment of its 2019 recruiting class on Sunday when three-star recruit Jared Jones announced his commitment to the Wildcats.

A 6’9” center out of McEachern High School in Powder Spring, Georgia, Jones is rated as the No. 180 recruit and No. 34 center in the country, according to 247 Sports. The Georgia native had over 15 offers, with nine of them coming from teams that made the NCAA tournament in 2018.

Jones visited only two schools during his process and both came in the last three weeks. He first visited NU on Sept. 14 before traveling north to Winston-Salem to visit Wake Forest on Sept. 21.

Northwestern has three centers currently on its roster — junior Barret Benson, senior Dererk Pardon and freshman Ryan Young. With Pardon — a projected three-year starter and 2018 Big Ten Honorable Mention — graduating following this upcoming season, the starting center position will be up for grabs heading into Jones’ freshman year.

Jones’ commitment comes less than three weeks after coach Chris Collins and the Cats notched their first commitment of the class. Daniel Buie, a 6’2” point guard out of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, declared his commitment to NU on Sept. 14. Buie is unranked by 247.

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