Perry Jones, the No. 3 player in the ESPNU 100 who has been committed to playing for Baylor since 2007, made it official when he signed a letter of intent with the Bears on Wednesday, the first day of the basketball early signing period.
"Signing a player like Perry is a monumental moment for this program," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Perry will not only be a great addition to our team, but will also open numerous doors for our program in years to come."
Jones, who is 6-foot-10, 220 pounds and the second-ranked power forward in the country, features a unique blend of skill and athleticism. He rebounds, runs the floor, and blocks shots with the best of them, according to ESPN Scouts Inc.
Baylor also signed SG Bakari Turner of Plano West.
"Jones is the most talented player in the class, with true NBA potential," said ESPN Scouts Inc.'s national recruiting director Paul Biancardi. "He needs to be more productive on a nightly basis. Although he's 6-10, we see him as a future 3."
As a junior last season at Duncanville High School, Jones averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds. Jones was named UIL District 7-5A Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2008-09 and Duncanville was ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation last season. He is the highest-ranked recruit in program history and Drew's fourth consensus top-50 recruit in seven seasons at Baylor.
For more news on the early signing period, go here.
Drew chatted today -- along with Big 12 coaches Mike Anderson (Missouri) and Travis Ford (Oklahoma State) -- with SportsNation. Go here to see what they had to say.