Perry Jones Talks About Signing With Baylor

Perry Jones Talks About Signing With Baylor

5 Star recruit Perry Jones, Scout.com's #4 player in the nation overall, and the nation's #2 ranked center according to Scout.com, signed with the Baylor Bears. Bearsillustrated.com was able to catch up with Jones to get his take. Come inside to see what he had to say about Baylor only at BearsIllustrated.com.

To some, the lofty rankings and national spotlight might create a certain inflation of ego. But with Baylor's newest signee, the highest ranking player in the program's history, the word humble comes to mind. His name is Perry Jones, and he talked about his decision to sign and play basketball with Baylor University.

"When I committed to them, they stayed committed to me. They never turned me down or gave my scholarship away. Not only did it feel like home when I first when down there, they stood to their commitment."

Jones, the nation's 4th ranked player overall according to Scout.com, brings a 6'10" frame to the court, and plays with a certain quiet energy. His demeanor reflects the same off the court, as Jones is reserved and humble in his approach. Jones talks about the players he looks forward to playing with at Baylor.

"Probably Lace, [Baylor junior guard Lacedarius Dunn] but I am not sure what he is going to end up doing. Nolan Dennis, I look forward to playing with him, and Anthony Jones and Quincy Acy."

And what about being so highly ranked and regarded?

"It makes me feel good, but I have got to stay humble and keep working. I can fall off as quickly as I rose. It just makes me want to work harder."

Everyone can see highlight tapes, or see clips of a dunk reel, but Jones, since his rise up the rankings, has displayed use with both hands around the rim, shot-blocking skills, and great length. He also has shown explosiveness under the basket. According to Jones, the one ability that may get overlooked is his ability to play with controlled energy.

"I am not loud, but I can play hard without being in anybody's face."

Although the 6'10" phenom has played against the highest level of competition at the high school level, he knows the game is different at the collegiate level. Jones talks about what part of his game he must improve to be the best.

"I need to work on pretty much everything. My all-around game. The players are going to be faster and stronger, so I need to work on everything."

Jones describes Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew and staff with one word.

"Family."

Jones has been a Baylor commitment since 2007, when Jones' mother fell in love with Baylor's facilities. With the realization that Jones could play college basketball anywhere, the future star says it is the commitment that Baylor showed to him that made him realize he needed to stay true to Baylor. And now the #4 player in the country looks forward to a new chapter in his life.

"I want to progress. Both as a player and as a person."

Jones expects to finish his senior year of high school, receive his diploma, and get his college basketball career underway.

"I am going to graduate in June, and I am going to go to Baylor over the summer. I am just happy to be going to Baylor."

Perry Jones joins 6-3 guard Bakari Turner as the newest members to Baylor's class.

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