Florida Swingman Becomes Owls' Newest Addition

Posted: April 26, 1990

John Chaney added the final piece to his Temple backcourt of the future yesterday with the signing of 6-6 swingman Eddie Jones, from Ely High in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Jones joins previous Temple signees Jonathan Haynes, from Germantown Friends, and Aaron McKie, from Simon Gratz, as 1990 Temple recruits. All three are expected to challenge incumbent starters Michael Harden and Mik Kilgore for backcourt minutes next season.

McKie and Jones, however, have yet to attain the required 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (or 18 on the American College Test) necessary for freshman eligibility.

The athletic, 185-pound Jones averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocked shots and 6 assists for Ely, which advanced to the Florida state semifinals. Jones became a national-level recruit with an all-tournament performance at the Great Florida Shoot-out last December.

He chose Temple over Georgia Tech, Alabama and Michigan. He also visited Tennessee.

Chaney said last night that the signing of Jones closes out his 1989-90 recruiting season. The Owls, according to Chaney, had made it clear that they would take the first of their remaining recruits to commit to Temple. Chaney also had offered scholarships to guards Kenneth Blakeney, a 6-4 long-range shooter from DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md., and 6-3 Craig Brown, from Steelton-Highspire in Allentown. Another highly rated wing guard the Owls sought, 6-5 Kip Stone, from Jacksonville, Fla., previously committed to Louisville.

Chaney said he ideally would have liked to add another big man to go with 7-foot Donald Hodge and 6-9 Mark Strickland, but that after last fall's early- signing period there were few uncommitted top-flight frontcourt players. Barring an unforeseen development, Chaney expects to save his remaining two scholarships.

"What we've attempted to do the last three, four years is go after the best in the country," Chaney said. "We lose most of them, almost all of them. But getting a player the caliber of Eddie Jones proves it's worth it to keep going after them.

"Eddie's got great size, athletic ability and great range on his shot, and he handles it tremendously well. He'll fit in very well with our system of three guards, as will Jonathan and Aaron.

"Our priority this year was to recruit wing players who could give us some running, some rebounding, could spot up and hit the jumper and run our sideline break for us, which we couldn't do much of last year. And in the three players we added, we've more than filled our need.

"The big man we were looking for just isn't out there, but otherwise, I'm very happy with the quality we're bringing in."

FOOTBALL STAFF CHANGES

Temple announced the addition of two new staff members, one a former Owls assistant. Spencer Prescott, Temple's running backs coach from 1983 to '86, has rejoined the program as wide receivers coach. And Dave Dunkelberger, on the staff at Texas-El Paso last season, has been appointed departmental recruiting coordinator. In addition, Mike Gibson, formerly Temple's departmental recruiting coordinator, will be the tight ends and offensive special teams coach.

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