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Juco recruit Chris Jones orally commits to play basketball at Louisville

Point guard picks Cardinals after weekend visit

September 17, 2012, 12:00 a.m. Updated September 18, 2012, 12:32 a.m.

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Chris Jones, the top junior-college basketball point-guard prospect in the country, on Monday orally committed to Louisville.

Jones, a 5-foot-11 Memphis native who is a sophomore at Northwest Florida State College, chose the Cardinals over Kansas University, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Florida State.

He made the commitment a day after the conclusion of his official campus visit to Louisville.

He has canceled trips to KU and FSU.

“He’s a fierce competitor, won a state championship in high school, played for a national championship last year in juco,” NW Florida coach Steve Forbes told ESPN.com. “Now he has the opportunity to compete for a national championship at the next level and play for a Hall of Fame coach (Rick Pitino).”

Jones, who was ranked No. 47 nationally in high school by Rivals.com, averaged 18 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game last season in propelling Northwest Florida State to a national runner-up finish.

“I saw Steve Francis play a long time ago. He was obviously a good player. I coached Brandon Hughes, who went to Michigan out of junior college. There’s no question that over the last few years (Jones is) the best I’ve seen,” Forbes told ESPN. “He has few holes in his game, and his competitiveness takes him over the top.”

KU’s top point guard prospect may be No. 27-ranked Demetrius Jackson, 6-1 from Marian High in Mishawaka, Ind., who will visit Notre Dame this weekend. Jackson, who has been recruited by N.D. for five years, lists KU, Notre Dame, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State and Xavier. There has been speculation that Illinois and Notre Dame are the heavy favorites.

Randle update: No. 1-ranked Julius Randle, 6-9 from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, visited with coaches from KU, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and N.C. State last week. He has upcoming in-home visits with Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas.

“I think coach (Bill, KU) Self’s visit was probably one of the best of the week or maybe even the best at selling his program and why I would fit there,” Randle told Rivals.com. “He explained to me what he would want me to do and how he would help me get better. It was at the end of the week and it was the shortest too, so that wasn’t bad either.”

Randle plans to wait until the spring to commit to a school.

“I’m not even sure what is next right now,” Randle told Rivals. “Maybe after these in-homes I will cut it down to five or something like that. Or I might just take a quiet period away from it all. I need to focus on school and getting ready for the season. Since I’m not deciding until the spring some time away might not be a bad thing. We’ll just see.”

Mostella update: No. 65-rated Detrick Mostella, a 6-3, 170-pound guard from La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Ind., tells jayhawkslant.com he has a list of KU, Georgetown, Florida and Texas A&M.

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