MONO, Ont. — To the rest of the Sun Belt Conference, best of luck trying to match up with the size of the Georgia State Panthers up front in 2019-20.
Head Coach Rob Lanier has assembled quite a recruiting class ahead of his first season leading the Panthers. Coming to Georgia State next season will be the likes of freshmen centers in Jalen Thomas and Cheickna Sissoko, along with transfer wing Jojo Toppin (Georgia Bulldogs). The trio bring a ton of size to the front court, and that’s never a bad problem to have.
On Sunday afternoon, Lanier and the Panthers added even more size to their 2019 recruiting class.
Orangeville Prep center Joe Jones took to social media to announce his commitment to the Georgia State men’s basketball program, adding yet another big body to the front court rotation for the Panthers.
Jones took to his Twitter account on Sunday afternoon to announce his decision.
Jones chose the Panthers over a slew of other offers from the likes of the Buffalo Bulls, Canisius Golden Griffins, St. Bonaventure Bonnies, and Kent State Golden Flashes, among other programs.
In Jones, the Panthers are getting another big body who can impact the game on both ends of the floor. Jones stands at 6’9” but has a monstrous 7’3” wingspan that makes him tough to work around on the defensive end.
Prior to playing at Orangeville Prep last season, the Buffalo native played at The Park School where he posted impressive numbers that should have Georgia State fans excited about his future. Jones averaged 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.6 blocked shots per contest in his final season in New York before crossing the border to Canada.
At Orangeville Prep, Jones played alongside a pair of Division I commits in their own right. Forward Ben Hendriks has committed to play for the Ball State Cardinals next season, while Tyrese Samuel will suit up for the Seton Hall Pirates. Fellow Class of 2019 forward Jevonnie Scott remains uncommitted for next season.
The Panthers’ recruiting class is currently ranked 1st in the Sun Belt, and 88th nationally. Georgia State has one remaining scholarship for the current cycle, while the returning players are set to begin summer workouts in early June.
– T. Bennett