GAHANNA, Ohio -- Central Ohio's top prospect is officially off the board as Gahanna senior Sean Jones announced his commitment to Marquette on Friday afternoon.
Jones, the #91 overall prospect in the ESPN 100, chose the Golden Eagles over Xavier and Pittsburgh despite holding a handful of other high major offers.
"I chose Marquette because the coaching staff and players were very consistent keeping up with me and they made it feel like another home when I was there," Jones told 270 Hoops. "I also loved the energy and the atmosphere."
While he took a handful of visits during June and gained attention from programs such as Baylor and Texas on the EYBL circuit during July, Jones loved everything about Marquette during his visit there and felt comfortable making a pledge now.
"What I liked about the visit is how cool everybody was," said Jones. "Of course the facilities were great, but what stood out most was the people."
Despite receiving a lot of attention at the Peach Jam, the All-Ohio Red standout appreciated the consistent contact of Coach Shaka Smart and his staff throughout the process.
"One thing that stood out while I was getting attention from new coaches during the live period was that (Marquette) would still text me consistently and tell me how I played," said Jones. "They didn't miss a game."
Jones, who has stood out at Gahanna since his freshman season and has been one of the top guards in the country since middle school, sees that he can do the same in the Big East.
"I see myself being a playmaker and extension of the court on offense and a pest on the defensive end," said Jones.
After a 13-14 season during the 2020-21 campaign, the Golden Eagles hired former Texas and VCU head coach Shaka Smart. Smart has a 272-142 all-time record and helped lead VCU to their first and only final four back in 2011.
We only expect Jones to continue to excel at the next level as he is one of the best guards in the entire country and is entering a program with an extremely experienced head coach.
Now that he is done with the recruiting process, he can direct all his attention to upcoming 2021-22 season where Gahanna is the overwhelming favorite in Columbus as they have Jones at the helm with a handful of talented bigs and guards around him.
As scary as it sounds, we still haven't seen the best version of Sean Jones yet as he continues to improve and elevate his game. While Marquette has a killer on the way, Jones will be the center of attention in Central Ohio one last time this winter as he looks to lead Gahanna to a state championship.