— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) October 21, 2012
Torren Jones committed to Mizzou this weekend on his official visit, completing (for now) Mizzou's 2013 recruiting class. Jones chose Mizzou after visiting DePaul and Washington State.
A Chandler, Arizona, native, Jones is finishing his high school career at La Porte La Lumiere high school in Indiana. The film below shows him to be pretty big, strong and well-rounded. We'll see how his game translates to the next level when he isn't so much stronger than everybody, but there's no doubting how good he looks on film. And he likes to dunk. Also fun.
Jones is a man-child with a chiseled frame and very long arms. He runs extremely well in transition and can finish with a series of power dunks in traffic. He is a straight-line type of athlete that has a tremendous burst while attacking the basket. He rebounds well in his area, can fill the lane with the best of them, and his post skills are evolving. He can step out and hit the mid-range jump shot at the elbow and he displayed a nice jump hook over his left shoulder.
Jones is quite good when he can operate in space. However, when defenders get into him out on the perimeter or in the paint area, he struggles mightily. He still plays too straight up and down and is still quite rigid (straight-line player). He needs to loosen up his hips to be able to improve his lateral quickness for defending quicker 4-men and to become a more allusive scorer while operating in the paint.