In late June forward Brodricks Jones, who was expected to be a key piece down the line for San Diego State, surprised some people when he requested to be released from his National Letter of Intent. Jones, a four-star 6-foot-9 power forward, hasn’t lacked for attention since reopening his recruitment and Saturday night he announced via Twitter that he’s now considering four schools.
“I have narrowed my choices to Memphis, UTEP, Syracuse and Providence and will take visits in the very near future,” Jones tweeted.
In regards to Memphis the Tigers find themselves in this race just days after losing their best front court player in Austin Nichols, who asked for and was granted a release from his scholarship. Without Nichols, the Tigers return senior Shaq Goodwin in the front court with freshmen Dedric Lawson (whose brother K.J. will be in the running for minutes at the three) and Nick Marshall joining Josh Pastner’s program.
As for UTEP, the Miners have two upperclassmen in Hooper Vint (senior) and Matt Willms (junior) with four freshmen coming aboard. However, like Memphis Tim Floyd’s program is right at the 13-scholarship mark at this time. Providence, which lost two front court players (Tyler Harris and Paschal Chukwu) via transfer this offseason, has an available scholarship with sophomore Ben Bentil being their most experienced front court player.
Syracuse, which added Chukwu to its roster, has an available scholarship but does have to consider NCAA sanctions that led to them losing 12 scholarships over a four-year period that begins in 2016. Should they land Jones, the Orange would be at 12 scholarships counting commit Matthew Moyer for the 2016-17 season (provided everyone who can return does), which would be two above their new limit. Syracuse is also in the race for five-star guard Tyus Battle.
In their front court for the 2015-16 season the Orange return three upperclassmen, with junior Tyler Roberson being the most experienced of the three (DaJuan Coleman and Chinoso Okoboh being the others), and freshmen Tyler Lydon and Moustapha Diagne join the program.
Where Jones lands remains to be seen, but the four programs listed offer up interesting scenarios for the Californian. And in the case of Memphis and UTEP, adding him will likely lead to some scholarship juggling.