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UTEP adds four-star forward Brodricks Jones, former San Diego State commit

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With Brodricks Jones asking San Diego State for a release from his National Letter of Intent last month, a talented four-star prospect was suddenly on the market. Sunday Jones’ second recruitment came to an end, as it was confirmed to that he’ll join Tim Floyd’s program at UTEP. Jones made the decision while visiting the El Paso campus, doing so days before scheduled trips to Memphis and Providence.

News of Jones’ commitment was first reported by

Jones is the seventh addition to the UTEP program, joining junior college transfers Dominic Artis and Lee Moore, and freshmen Josh McSwiggan, Paul Thomas, Kelvin Jones and Christian Romine. And with the Miners losing Vince Hunter to the NBA, the addition of Jones is an important one for them for the 2015-16 season.

UTEP also returns veterans Hooper Vint (redshirt senior) and Matt Willms (redshirt junior) to the front court, however it was reported earlier this week that Willms is expected to miss the entire season due to a foot injury (guard Omega Harris is expected to miss the fall semester for academic reasons per that same report).

With that being the case, the addition of Jones becomes even more important for a team that will be young in the paint this upcoming season.

Former San Diego State signee Brodricks Jones trims list to four


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.

San Diego State signee requests release from National Letter of Intent

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Lat July 6-foot-9 power forward Brodricks Jones announced that he’d verbally committed to San Diego State, giving the Aztecs a forward who had the potential to develop into a solid contributor for Steve Fisher’s program down the line. Jones signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period in November, seemingly meaning that the Lawndale, California product would be headed south for his college career.

However things have changed, as Tuesday night reports surfaced that Jones has asked the program for a release from his NLI. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, that request has yet to be granted by Fisher offered some words on the situation (he can comment since Jones has signed an NLI).

“I’m disappointed that someone who signed and committed in November now doesn’t want to come,” Fisher said Tuesday night. “But I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s critical there must be a passion to be some place or it won’t be what it should be. So if someone is having second thoughts, then I think we’re all better served if he doesn’t come to San Diego State.”

Fisher declined further comment while details are being finalized.

Also of note in the report is the fact that Jones’ father stated that the two “haven’t really sat down to talk about it yet,” saying that ultimately it’s Brodricks’ decision as to whether or not he attends San Diego State.

Losing Jones wouldn’t be a huge hit regard to the 2015-16 season, as San Diego State has multiple key front court contributors back from last season’s 27-win team. Winston Shepard III, Skylar Spencer and Angelo Chol are all seniors, with rising sophomore Malik Pope being a player who could potentially take a major leap forward and Zylan Cheatham available after taking a medical redshirt last season.

There’s also the possibility of 2016 commit Nolan Narain, a four-star 6-foot-10 forward, reclassifying to 2015. With those pieces the competition for minutes for Jones would have been fierce, yet things would have opened up in regards to minutes in 2016-17 due to the loss of the three seniors mentioned above.