UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Head coach Chris Mooney announced the signing of Josh Jones, ShawnDre' Jones and Tim Singleton to National Letters Of Intent.
Josh Jones (Memphis, Tenn.), ShawnDre' Jones (Houston, Texas) and Singleton (Dallas, Texas) will enroll at Richmond for the 2013-14 school year.
"We feel very confident in our young frontcourt, so we thought that we really wanted to get good guards," Mooney said. "We are very excited about this class and feel they can come in an contribute and have great careers."
Josh Jones is a 6-foot-4 combo guard who plays for former Colorado coach Ricardo Patton at Central High in Memphis. He is in his fourth season on the varsity, including third season as a starter, and has helped Central to a State Championship in his freshman year and a runner-up finish last year as a junior.
"Richmond just seemed like the right fit," Jones said. "I got along with the players and coaches and like the way they play."
Jones was named to the State All-Tournament Team, All-City, All-Region and All-District after averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
"Josh is a tremendous quality young man, he has a great work ethic and he really wants to get better," Patton said. "Because of that I think he will continue to get better and better."
"Josh is very versatile, he runs well, moves, he's a good athlete and he shoots the ball well," Mooney said.
ShawnDre' Jones is a 5-foot-10 guard for coach Ronnie Courtney at Bush High in Houston, Texas. Jones averaged 12.5 points per game, 7.0 assists per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 3.1 steals per game as a junior last season.
"The academic aspect played a big role, and the great people at the University of Richmond, especially the coaches and players," Jones said. "And add that to great basketball and a way of playing that really fits my game."
ShawnDre' grew up in Richmond before moving to Memphis in the eighth grade.
"He is the most intelligent point guard I have coached since T.J. Ford," Courtney said, comparing Jones to the former Texas standout. "He has the ability to run the offense, understand the game, score and defend. He is a complete player."
"ShawnDre' is just an all-around player," Mooney said. "He has good court presence and a great feel for the game. He is a natural leader and it shows up on the court."
Tim Singleton is a 6-foot-2 guard for coach Von Harris at Hillcrest High in Dallas, Texas. He averaged 18.0 points per game, 3.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a junior last season.
"I loved everything about it, just the place to be," Singleton said. "The players made me feel like a family and I liked their games."
Singleton's father, Tim Singleton Sr., was a star point guard at Notre Dame under coach Digger Phelps."He brings it on both ends of the floor," Harris said. "He is a good team player, has a great attitude and is very coachable. He can shoot the ball."
"Tim is a very good player and he is an excellent shooter," Mooney said. "He also is very athletic, has good quickness and a real sense for the game."