Originally written December 28, 2012 on SCACC Hoops:
Fans from all over packed the house Thursday night at Broughton High School’s Holliday Gymnasium in Raleigh, NC. In front of Duke Associate head basketball coach Chris Collins, Duke signee Matt Jones finished with a team-high 17 points (3-9, 1-3 3pt, 8-8FT) and 4 assists to lead DeSoto, Texas, to a 57-50 victory against Kinston in the quarterfinals of the Summit Hospitality bracket of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational. Jones also finished with 4 rebounds, which was good for second best on his team behind Terry Maston’s 6 rebounds. Perhaps trying to get a taste of what to expect from Duke next season, rival head coaches Mark Gottfried (NC State) and Roy Williams (UNC), along with NC State player’s Lorenzo Brown and Rodney Purvis sat court-side during Jones’ game. When asked how it felt coming out onto the court and seeing all the coaches and rival players, Jones said, “It felt great and being recruited by them felt great”. “I just wanted to show them how much I improved as a teammate, as a player and as an individual.” Some would think that the prized Duke recruit would come out in front of coach Collins and play selfish, but instead he played within himself. “I wanted to show them (Duke staff) I could play and step in next year and contribute, but I promised my teammates that I would play team ball.” He looked good on defense and he was a solid floor general for the Eagles. Jones also said that he doesn’t see himself as a SG or PG, he sees himself as just a player and whatever coach K needs him to do, he’ll do it.   Kinston cut a lead that was once 15 points down to three late in the fourth quarter, but Desoto closed it out by hitting 15 of their last 16 FT’s. Kinston was undefeated coming into tonight’s game and they gave DeSoto all they could handle in the fourth quarter. “It was tough,” said DeSotocoach Chris Dyer. “Kinston’s a good team and we knew it was going to be tough coming in. … I was very proud of our team, as a whole.”    Matt Jones is ranked by ESPN as the #36 overall prospect in the class of 2013 and he is regarded as the best pure shooter coming out of high school. You can catch him and DeSoto playing at 7:20 pm Friday night in the semi-finals of the HolidayOT. com Holiday Invitational against Hampton, Va. Hampton features NC State’s ESPN #14 overall ranked prospect, Anthony “Cat” Barber.   By Wayne Bumpass   This article was originally published at http://DukeHoopBlog.com. If you are interested in sharing your website's content with SCACCHoops.com, Contact Us.  
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants shut out Pirates, advance to NLDS

Cowboys' Spillman accused of rape at team hotel

Report: Patriots benched WR for mouthing off to coach

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

ESPN reporter announces she has breast cancer

Byron Scott explains why Kobe wouldn't make a good coach

Hibbert texts Duncan for advice on being like Spurs

Belichick repeats moving 'on to Cincinnati' during presser

Donald Sterling’s wife called the cops on V. Stiviano

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Cowboys player accused of rape

Scott: Kobe would not be a good coach

Pats WR benched for mouthing off?

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.