Jones expects new arrivals to help LSU into NCAAs

LSU coach optimistic new talent will help end Tigers’ 6-year NCAA tournament drought

      
 

 

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Jones leads Rockets to 95-92 win over Suns (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 13: Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets dunks against the Phoenix Suns on October 13, 2014 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — Terrence Jones scored 18 points and Isaiah Canaan put Houston ahead for good with a three-point play with 29 seconds left as the Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns 95-92 on Monday night.


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Texas A&M G/F Jones eligible for start of season

Texas A&M junior Jalen Jones eligible for start of season

      
 

 

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Texas A&M G/F Jones eligible for start of season (Yahoo Sports)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M junior Jalen Jones is eligible for the start of the upcoming season after transferring to the school from SMU.

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5 Reasons Terrence Jones Should Start at Power Forward for Houston Rockets

It’s the time of year when position battles enter full swing, and—even on the heels of a 54-win season—the Houston Rockets‘ training camp is no exception.

Particularly at the power forward spot, according to head coach Kevin McHale.

“They need to go out there and take that spot. It’s open for competition,” McHale told reporters after the team’s first practice in September, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

“We need guys who are going to defend with physicality and rebound,” McHale added. “We had two of the top rebounders in the league last year with Omer [Asik] and Dwight [Howard] and we were still like 20th in rebounding. What does that say about the other guys? Not much.”

For the record, Houston ranked fourth in team rebounds per game (with an average of 45.3) and second in rebounding differential, grabbing an average of 3.6 more boards than its opponents. The club also ranked second in rebound rate (52.1), per Hollinger’s Team Statistics.

So McHale’s sentiment may be more about motivating improved effort than legitimately considering a shakeup of the starting lineup.

Competition for the spot ostensibly includes two candidates: Incumbent starter Terrence Jones and third-year Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas.

Reasons abound to maintain the status quo and give Jones another shot at the starting job. Here are five of them.

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17-year NBA big man Caldwell Jones dies at 64

The 76ers selected Jones out of Albany State with the 32nd overall pick in the 1973 NBA draft.

      
 

 

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Duke Basketball: Breaking Down Tyus Jones’ Chances to Make 2014-15 All-ACC Team

There are few bets in all of college basketball that are safer than saying at least one Duke player will be on the All-ACC team. With all the talent that head coach Mike Krzyzewski brought in this offseason, that will once again be the case in the 2014-15 season.

The question now becomes which player or players make that distinguished squad.

Jahlil Okafor may be the headliner of the Blue Devils’ loaded recruiting class and the potential No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft, but don’t overlook the newcomer at point guard. Tyus Jones is the perfect candidate to quarterback this Duke team, and he will put up some impressive numbers along the way.

Talent-wise, Jones is certainly good enough to compete for a spot on the All-ACC team. He is always looking to set up others, has impressive court vision that allows him to thread passes through narrow openings, controls the pace of the game with his excellent ball-handling skills and understanding of tempo and is more than ready to get out in transition when needed.

He doesn’t have explosive speed, but Jones is quick enough to get by defenders off the dribble and stay in front of shifty guards on the defensive side. He also has a deadly perimeter jumper in his arsenal that will help him make opponents pay when they sag off him to focus on Okafor.

Krzyzewski couldn’t have asked for a better pass-first, distributing point guard to run a team with so much talent across the board.

Having teammates like Okafor, Justise Winslow, Rasheed Sulaimon, Amile Jefferson and Quinn Cook, among others, would be somewhat worrisome when discussing Jones’ chances at earning All-ACC honors if he depended on his scoring. He clearly doesn’t, though, and having these types of players around him will lead to head-turning assist numbers once Jones becomes comfortable in the offense.

What’s more, point guards are often judged in a similar fashion to quarterbacks in football where wins and losses count for or against a resume. Duke should be one of the nation’s best teams, and Jones will get plenty of credit for all those wins as he leads the Blue Devils on the floor.

For those worrying that Jones won’t have a substantial enough role to play his way onto the All-ACC team with Cook still around, ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf noted that it shouldn’t be an issue:

Jones himself discussed that relationship with the senior Cook, according to Joedy McCreary of The Associated Press, via TwinCities.com:

We’re looking at it as we’re both trying to get better. We’re both pushing each other to be the best players we can be.

We’re both trying to play in the backcourt at the same time, and with each other we feel … we both bring different dynamics to the table that can help our team be good. We’re looking at it as a positive, rather than a negative. It’s a positive to have two point guards on the floor, so that’s what we’re trying to do.

The fact that Jones is gradually becoming more comfortable with Cook in the backcourt instead of fighting for playing time is certainly an encouraging fact going forward.

While Jones’ talent is obvious, we have to look at other contenders as well if we are projecting his All-ACC chances.

Interestingly, only Marcus Paige returns from last year’s All-ACC first team. Duke’s Jabari Parker bolted for the NBA draft, C.J. Fair graduated from Syracuse, James Michael McAdoo declared for the draft from North Carolina, K.J. McDaniels declared for the draft from Clemson, and T.J. Warren left for the draft from North Carolina State.

That is a lot of departed talent, and it opens up the door for the rest of the players in the ACC, including the multifaceted Jones.

Of course, Paige is also a point guard, and the battle between him and Jones will be an interesting subplot to follow throughout the entire 2014-15 campaign on Tobacco Road. Beyond the obvious Duke-North Carolina rivalry, there are parallels in place as both try to lead young and talented teams to the Final Four and beyond.

However, Paige is the more experienced of the two and has the chance to compete for ACC Player of the Year and even National Player of the Year.

It’s not that Jones can’t reach that level eventually, but Paige has proved it consistently in the college game already. The thought here is that Paige puts up a more successful season when it comes to individual statistics and competes with Okafor for the league’s Most Valuable Player.

The good news for Jones, though, in terms of this discussion is that there is room for two guards on the All-ACC squad. If he fulfills his potential, challenges for the conference’s assists title and leads the Blue Devils to a league championship, he will find his name on that team. 

That is a lot to ask of a freshman, but the coaching and surrounding talent are both already in place. Now, all Jones has to do is deliver.

 

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Duke’s Jones: ‘Never a rivalry’ with senior Cook (Yahoo Sports)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones says he and veteran Quinn Cook ”don’t look at it as a competition.”

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Reports: Charge’s Jones headed to Asia

Former Cavaliers forward Kevin Jones has signed with San Miguel in the ASEAN Basketball League in Southeast Asia, according to multiple reports.
Jones, who was not resigned by the Cavs after last season, had spent all of this season with the Canton Charge — the Cavs’ affiliate in the NBA D-League.
Cavs acting general manager David Griffin congratulated Jones via his Twitter account Thursday.
Jones is a 6-foot-8 forward who went undrafted out of West Virginia University in 2012. He played in 32 games for the Cavs as a rookie, compiling averages of 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds.
This year as a member of the Charge, Jones started 37 of 38 games, averaging a team-high 16.9 points and 8.0 rebounds on his way to his first D-League All-Star game appearance.
The Charge (23-15) also lost starting guard Jorge Gutierrez on Thursday. Gutierrez signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Also, Charge forward/center Arinze Onuaku signed his second 10-day contract of the season with the Cavs on Tuesday.
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WATCH: Perry Jones III shows off his incredible dunking skills

It may not be very long until Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones III finds himself in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest. Jones posted a video of him doing a plethora of dunks on his Instagram account during a workout this morning and it was very impressive. Maybe next year Perry. Check it out:

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