Jones opens recruitment, Green picks Michigan State

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On a day when Indiana’s recruiting class for 2008 could have grown, it unexpectedly shrank instead.

Eshaunte Jones, a guard from Fort Wayne, announced early Thursday that he has reopened his recruitment. A few hours later, at a press conference in Saginaw, Mich., forward Draymond Green said that he planned to play for Michigan State in 2008, not Indiana.

Jones, who graduated from Fort Wayne North Side but plans on attending Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia for a year, called Indiana’s coaches Wednesday to tell them that he’s considering other schools. He said he’ll visit UCLA, Missouri and Kentucky. He’s also still interested in Indiana.

“It wasn’t the Indiana coaches or anything,” Jones said. “I still like them a lot. I just thought I needed to look at other schools. I felt like I hadn’t really taken the time to make the decision.”

Kelvin Sampson and his staff tried to persuade Jones into traveling to Bloomington for an in-person discussion, but Jones said he thought that would be inappropriate.

“I’m 100 percent sure that this is what I want to do,” Jones said. “I just want to see what else is out there and leave my options open.”

Jones is smooth shooter who was slotted into Indiana’s long-range plan as an outside threat to replace A.J. Ratliff and Eric Gordon, should he leave early for the NBA.

Green, a 6-6 forward with a strong mid-range game, originally committed to Kentucky. He changed his mind when Tubby Smith left for Minnesota and had been considering Michigan and Indiana before settling on the Spartans.

“State is where my heart is,” he said.

Bud Mackey, a guard from Kentucky, and Devin Ebanks, a forward from New York, now comprise Indiana’s class of 2008.


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