Recruiting stories often times morph into sagas, which evolve into full-blown fiascos. The man standing at the center of this tale, however, says that won't be the case here. Instead, Seward County (Kan.) Community College transfer Jeremy Jones has a message for Kansas State fans beginning to wonder about his eligibility, and on Thursday afternoon he delivered it in one clear and concise sentence.
"Don't worry about me," he said with chuckle.
Turns out, his upbeat demeanor and sporadic laughter were warranted. According to Jones, a 6-foot-1 guard, he spent yesterday wrapping up his final junior college class, an online English course, and now is only a few faxes away from officially becoming a Wildcat. Now, the process is officially out of his hands, but if Jones is worried about anything going wrong at this juncture, you'd never gather it from his tone.
"I'm just happy to be done with all this," he said. "I'm ready to get there and get started."
From here, the act of clearing the junior college guard for Division-I competition is relatively simple. Without putting an exact timetable on when he'll be cleared, the Wildcat to-be outlined the situation at hand as best he could.
Let the paper shuffling begin.
"I took my last class through email at Adams State," Jones, who signed a letter of intent in April, said. "I'm just waiting on Adams State to send my transcript to (Seward County). Then, my junior college has to send my transcript to K-State. After that, I'll be good."
For now, Jones is living with a former teammate just a few miles away from the Seward campus. Compared to the two years of junior college he just worked to wrap up, the waiting game in which he's currently engaged is stress-less. Saying Jones is confident he'll be cleared in the near future would be understating the point.
"For sure, fore sure," he said. "Definitely."
Jones is the final member of K-State's 2011 recruiting class to make his way to Manhattan. Transfers Omari Lawrence (St. John's) and James Watson (Washington State), along with freshmen Angel Rodriguez, Adrian Diaz and Thomas Gipson are already on campus.
As a sophomore at Seward last season, Jones averaged 18.6 points per game and was named the Jayhawk West Conference's Player of the Year. He will have two seasons to play as a Wildcat.