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Four-star forward Damian Jones commits to Vanderbilt

SEC Basketball Tournament - Vanderbilt v Kentucky

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 11: Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive presents head coach Kevin Stallings of the Vanderbilt Commodores with the trophy after their 71 to 64 win over the Kentucky Wildcats in the championship game of the 2012 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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The headliner for the Texas Titans on the spring/summer circuit for the last few years has been Julius Randle and with good reason, as he’s one of the top 2013 prospects in the country.

After Randle there’s 2013 Duke commit Matt Jones, hailed by many as one of the best perimeter shooters in the class and a very good defender as well.

But the Titans had another prospect in 6-9 forward Damian Jones who isn’t as polished as Randle but his upside pushed him into the top 100 in multiple rankings.

On Sunday Jones verbally committed to Vanderbilt, deciding after his visit to the Nashville campus he’d seen all that he needed to according to

A native of Baton Rouge, Jones also held offers from LSU, Florida, Georgia, Kansas State, Oklahoma, St. John’s and Stanford according to

Jones has designs on being an electrical engineer down the line, and according to US News & World Report the school’s engineering department is ranked 34th nationally.

Vanderbilt is now on the board in the 2013 class, and with no seniors on the 2012-13 roster Jones figures to be joining an experienced team next year.

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