College Notebook: Knox hoops lands top recruit

From the Register-Mail:

Knox College men’s basketball has struck it big. Or, more specifically, the Prairie Fire have struck a big.

David Jones, long the top recruiting priority for Knox, informed Prairie Fire head coach Rob Purlee this week that he will attend Knox in the fall and play for his program. Jones will figure into the Knox rotation.

A highly athletic 6-foot-6 post, Jones had planned to play at Division I Air Force after attending the academy’s prep school last year, but he decided to go a different direction.

“Going to Air Force was a great experience but I just wanted a normal college experience,” Jones said. “I remember Knox being a great place and thought I would reapply.”

Jones was one of the top players in the Denver area as a high school senior two years ago out of Colorado Academy, earning spots on various all-state and all-metro teams. Jones, who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds as a senior and shined defensively, was also selected as a McDonald’s All-American game nominee in 2009. He finished as Colorado Academy’s single-season and all-time leader in blocks and rebounds.