Name: Teven Jones
Hometown: Waynesboro (originally Kannapolis, NC)
School: Fishburne Military Academy
Other offers: none(?)
To start off with, let's not mince words: Tony Bennett had an A-list of desired point guards for the 2012 class and missed out on all of them. A 2012 point guard was not optional, though. Sammy Zeglinski is a senior and without a point guard in the 2012 class, Jontel Evans would've been the only one on the roster. And he'll be a senior when Teven Jones is a freshman. "I wonder if Malcolm Brogdon can play a little point" is not a succession plan.
So Bennett had to start digging. Not being retarded, he'd been keeping his eye on backup plans over the summer and spotted Jones in an AAU tournament. Bennett wasn't the only one; at least one other ACC school, that being Clemson, was telling Jones they'd be watching.
Watching, specifically, Jones play at Fishburne during the winter. Jones was a two-sport star in high school, and could've played football at a pretty high level. He amassed over 1,000 receiving yards his senior year. Jones prefers basketball, though, and without the kind of offers he was hoping for, he decided to prep a year to see if he couldn't raise his exposure level a little.
The plan worked, as he landed in the ACC without even playing a minute for Fishburne. Bennett offered Jones based on his workouts, and Jones accepted quickly. Was Bennett the only one? Jones's recruiting profiles on the various websites don't list a single other offer; then again, those profiles didn't even exist until Jones's commitment, so far under the radar did he fly. Jones's coach at Fishburne claims he was also offered by other ACC programs as well as Missouri Valley ones (that would potentially be schools like Creighton, Wichita State, Southern Illinois, what have you.) Nobody's being specific though, so there isn't much to go on.
Said coach claims he will "put [Jones] against any of the top-ten point guards nationally"; an anonymous (why?) source in the same article calls him "a combination of Sammy [Zeglinski] and Jontel [Evans] almost." By this he means "a tough defender who can shoot," by the way, not "a lousy off-ball defender with a history of injury problems."
To be honest, though, I've never put much, if any, stock in praise from high school coaches, because they're often in selling mode and never, ever going to publicize their players' weaknesses. We're talking about the 1% of players who are going to play in college, so they're always high school superstars. Another scouting report comes from a former Fishburne assistant that characterizes Jones as a solid defender who has several tools in his scoring toolbox, but needs to work on his decison-making. Ominous-sounding for UVA fans that still twitch uncontrollably when remembering last year's ACC tournament game against Miami and the crying need for halfway decent decision-making it exposed; in Jones's defense, he was more of a shooting guard in high school at A.L. Brown in Kannapolis. This is part of the reason he didn't have any offers; 6'1" shooting guards don't project well.
A year of prep work should be just the thing, though. Playing at Fishburne isn't exactly ACC-level play but it's better than your average high school league. When Jones enters UVA in 2012, it's natural to expect that he'll be asked to back up Jontel Evans right away. Ideally he can handle that job because there's not actually a plethora of 2's on the roster; if Brogdon is forced into point guard work, that'd be a less than ideal rotation. It'll be a challenge and there will definitely be rough spots, though; first-year point guards in the ACC are always overwhelmed at times. Whether Jones ever holds down the starting spot at UVA is kind of a question, since a 2013 point guard is a colossal priority and Bennett is devoting most of his free time to landing one. Assuming he gets a good one, that future recruit may work his way past Jones. Even so, that might be totally irrelevant. Point guard situation being what it is, this is as likely as not to turn out to be one of those starter-is-just-a-label things. It seems to me that in the end, Teven Jones will rarely lack for playing time at UVA.