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Talented forward Marlon Jones commits to Loyola (Chicago) | The Catch and Shoot

Talented forward Marlon Jones commits to Loyola (Chicago)

Orr Academy forward Marlon Jones committed to Loyola (Chicago) on Friday. The news was first reported by Daniel Poneman of SwagAir.com.

Photo: Sun-Times Media
Photo: Sun-Times Media

Jones is a big-time get for Porter Moser and the Ramblers. He reportedly picked up offers from St. John’s, Missouri, Purdue, Baylor and other notable programs before choosing Loyola.

“Chicago doesn’t have a dominant college basketball program, and I would like to help build Loyola into one,” Jones told Joe Henricksen of High School Cube.

Between Jones and MVC Freshman of the Year Milton Doyle, the Ramblers will have two BCS-caliber players on next season’s roster. Doyle was initially committed to Bill Self at Kansas before he transferred to Loyola.

Jones, who has the talent to make an immediate impact on a mid-major program like Loyola, gives Moser some much-needed size. The Ramblers’ frontcourt was thin to begin with, and then four forwards left the program┬áthis offseason. The only returning forward on the roster is second-leading scorer Christian Thomas, who is really a 6’5″ hybrid.

At 6’9″, Jones can play power forward and center. He is a high-level athlete who is active on both ends of the floor, and he also has a solid mid-range jumper.

Jones is still on the thin side, measuring at only 200 pounds according to Rivals and Scout. If he bulks up during the offseason, Loyola could have the MVC Freshman of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Due to the slew of transfers this offseason, Loyola still has two open scholarships for next season. The Ramblers have been pursuing junior college transfer Keith Thomas and Butler transfer Nolan Berry.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.


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