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Breaking: Kansas State lands No. 1 player in Texas, 2023's RJ Jones.

August 7, 2022

Jerome Tang has been the perfect head man for what Kansas State is trying to build. Since his hire in March, Tang was able to keep several key members of the roster, add several 2022 prospects, and also just landed Top-50 senior Dai Dai Ames.

A four-star guard out of Denton, Texas wants to join that.

Wasatch Academy guard and TX native ranked No. 1 in his home state, RJ Jones, has committed to Kansas State, he told What a quick turnaround for Tang and his staff. Jones named a final-six on July 29th, visited Kansas State on August 3rd, commits four days later.

“My visit felt more like a family reunion than a business trip,” Jones told

He played for JL3 Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit, where he proved to be a dynamic offensive threat.

Great size at 6-foot-3 and showcased his ability to not only score from multiple levels but be a terrific distributor as well. In the final AAU game of Jones’ travel ball career, he had 13 points and four assists.

Oklahoma was also seen as a potential threat to land Jones, but due to a chance to play right away at K-State and a family atmosphere, Jones’ decision went in favor of the Wildcats.

“Having the opportunity to play meaningful minutes as a freshman while feeling like I’m in a family environment,” Jones says on his why.

I touched upon Jerome Tang in my discussion with Jones. Having a 19-year stint at Baylor, one that ended in a national championship win, Tang has had the chance to already be a part of something with Scott Drew in which they had to build and change an entire program.

It’s been quite evident that in his first few months with K-State, he has made it a priority to start by building a culture, one that RJ Jones was impressed with, and wants to join.

“[Coach] Is building a culture where everybody is in a competitive [and family] environment where he will elevate the program.”

Jones kept mentioning the fact that he’s thrilled to be welcomed to the K-State family. In a few months, he will sign and make that official. 

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