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Tavon Jones Has Marquette Basketball In His Final Five (Maybe)

Sure, why not make the 2018 recruiting picture cloudier.....

NCAA Basketball: Villanova at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, class of 2018 shooting guard Tavon Jones cut his list of schools down to five, and included YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles in the group. Included along with MU is Stanford, Saint Joseph’s, Seton Hall, and Saint Peter’s.

UPDATE: I had it pointed out to me that this appears to actually be Jones pointing out how many more offers he’s picked up over the last year as opposed to cutting down to just five. It’s a weird thing for a player to be expanding his choices at this point in the recruiting timeline, thus my original interpretation. Take this into consideration as you continue reading.

Jones is a 6’3”, 170 lb. shooting guard from New Jersey. 247 Sports marks him as a four star prospect through their Composite system, where he’s the #135 ranked recruit in the class of 2018.

He’s now the second 2018 recruit to include the Golden Eagles in a cutdown list after Torrence Watson had MU in his group of eight last week. It’s kind of confusing to be honest. Neither Jones nor Watson have come up as head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff have hit the recruiting trail since the season ended. Joey Hauser? Day 1 priority when the spring recruiting period began. Race Thompson, Quentin Grimes, Jaedon Ledee, Jarvis Thomas, Noah Locke, Montez Mathis? All getting mentions from various sources about Marquette’s interest in them. Jeenathan Williams went so far as to announce that MU is telling him he’s their top target.

Not that any of this necessarily means anything, of course. Recruiting conversations sometimes merely come down to who does your high school or AAU coach know and who do they tell about you. Maybe Jones and Watson just don’t have talkative coaches, and thus not a lot of chatter about them. Maybe including MU on a cutdown list is more about puffing themselves up a bit when they’re really not even in the top five of guys that the Golden Eagles are considering.

In any case, it’s still more than five months til the fall signing period, so as always, I advise you to be ready for a few more twists and turns before we get to November.

Here’s what the MU scholarship situation looks like right now.

(h/t @EricWiechman12)