Texas coach Shaka Smart against North Carolina during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Texas lands pledge from five-star guard Andrew Jones

Posted December 14th, 2015

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Shaka Smart’s weekend couldn’t have gone any better. First, Texas bumped off third-ranked North Carolina in front of a sold-out Erwin Center. Then came the real rewards.

On Monday, five-star point guard Andrew Jones from Irving MacArthur verbally committed to the Longhorns, a source familiar with the process said. Scout.com was the first to report Jones’ decision. The 6-foot, 4-inch guard is widely considered one of the best point guard recruits in the nation.

Jones was at the Erwin Center on Saturday to see UT’s first home win over a top-five opponent since knocking off No. 2 Oklahoma in February 2009.

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“Over the past couple months, since the end of July, I’ve built a strong relationship with coach Smart,” Jones told Scout.com. “It was to the point where we were texting every morning. He was sending me motivational quotes about how to be a leader and how to stay positive.”

“We would also exchange diagrammed plays and would send me plays that we could potential run next year and how I could easily score,” he added. “We just become very close on a personal level.”

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