By Joe Henricksen
A rising college basketball program and a rising prospect in Illinois apparently are a perfect match. According to multiple sources, O'Fallon's Roosevelt Jones gave a verbal commitment to upstart Butler and coach Brad Stevens on Thursday.
Jones put together a sensational junior year in leading O'Fallon to Peoria this past March and a 30-4 record. He was impressive all season and opened eyes in Peoria as well. He capped off his junior year averaging over 19 points a game, along with 12 rebounds and over four assists and three steals a game. In a state semifinal loss to Simeon, Jones scored 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds. He followed that up with 26 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Waukegan in the third-place game.
The powerful 6-3 Jones is a unique player who you can't label other than being a player. He's highly effective despite the fact he gets almost all of his offensive production done around the basket as an active, physical rebounder and finisher.