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R.J. Jones Commits to Kansas State Basketball

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Jerome Tang’s recent recruiting run continued on Sunday as R.J. Jones announced his commitment to Kansas State basketball on Instagram Live.

The Class of 2022 guard, 6-foot-3, is ranked No. 37 in the country by ESPN, and is considered the No. 1 high school recruit in Texas.

Jones chose K-State over Oklahoma, Colorado, Notre Dame, Boise State and Texas A&M.


Jones is from Denton, Texas, but plays his high school basketball at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah. He has one more season of prep basketball ahead of him.

Jones’ commitment is non-binding. He can sign with the Wildcats during the early-signing period in November.

This is the second Top 50 player Tang and the Wildcats have picked up in the last two weeks. Guard Dai Dai Ames committed to Kansas State on July 20, per Ames, 6-foot-1, plays for Kenwood Academy in Chicago, Ill. Per he’s No. 49 recruit in the country and No. 1 in the state of Illinois.

Tang is in the midst of rebuilding the Wildcats in his first season at the helm. After taking over for Bruce Weber in the spring, the majority of the remaining players chose to transfer. The Wildcats’ main returnees are guard Markquis Nowell and forward Ismael Massoud.

Among the transfers Tang has signed for the 2022-23 season are former Mississippi State guard Camryn Carter, former LSU center Jerrell Colbert, former Stony Brook guard Tykei Greene, former Hofstra forward Abayomi Iyiola, Virginia Tech forward David N’Guessan and Arkansas State guard Desi Sills.

Tang also managed to keep Weber signee Taj Manning, who is an incoming freshman from La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. Tang also signed New Orleans Carver guard Dorian Finister and Chipola College (Fla.), transfer Nae’Qwan Tomlin.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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