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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced today that Dale Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Iowa. Jones becomes the sixth member of Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class, joining Andrew Fleming, Brandon Hutton, Ahmad Wagner, Isaiah Moss, and Christian Williams.
Jones, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, prepped at Waterloo West High School (2008-12) before completing his first two years of college eligibility at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. This past season as a sophomore, Jones averaged 16.9 points, while shooting 45 percent (99-of-218) from 3-point range and 84 percent from the foul line (99-of-118), and 8.3 rebounds on a team that won the Region XIV championship and advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The team captain was an NJCAA honorable mention All-American, and earned first-team all-region and all-regional tournament accolades in 2015.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward averaged 9.2 points and 6.1 rebounds his freshman campaign in 2013 before being sidelined with an injury in 2014.
“Dale is a versatile front court player who can score, rebound and shoot at a high percentage,” said McCaffery. “He played for one of the top junior colleges and coaches in the country in Mike Marquis. This is a great opportunity for Dale to come back home. We’re thrilled that he’s going to be a Hawkeye.”
As a senior at Waterloo West in 2012, Jones was a second-team and third-team all-state honoree by the Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register, respectively, while also earning all-conference laurels.
Jones will be a junior, while Iowa’s other five commitments will be freshmen beginning this fall.
|2015 Iowa Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class|
|Andrew Fleming||G||6-5/205||Nashville, Tenn. (Oak Hill Academy – VA)|
|Brandon Hutton||F||6-6/210||Chicago, Ill. (De La Salle)|
|Dale Jones||F||6-8/220||Waterloo, Iowa (Waterloo West HS/Tyler JC – Texas)|
|Isaiah Moss||F||6-5/175||Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)|
|Ahmad Wagner||F||6-7/215||Yellow Springs, Ohio (Wayne)|
|Christian Williams||G||6-6/195||Decatur, Ill. (St. Teresa)|