No, not this Jeff Jones. This Jeff Jones. If you had to pick one player who needed to take a big step forward in order for this year's hoops team to be competitive, wouldn't Jones be your pick? If your answer is "yes", then prepare to be excited:
Tony Bennett got his first look at his basketball team's media guide Sunday morning. Flipping through it, UVa's new coach stopped on Page 84.
"He could be an important guy for us," Bennett said, pointing to a photo of junior guard Jeff Jones....
Indeed, Jones has been one of the Cavaliers' standouts in practice thus far, and he's a strong candidate to start at shooting guard.
"I would say he's just stress-free right now," sophomore swingman Sylven Landesberg said. "I think last year he just felt like there was a lot of pressure on him. I think he just feels like he can go out and play his game without hearing anybody."
Jones' body language reflects his renewed confidence. He looks happy on the court, and his shot drops regularly in practice. Gone is Leitao's motion offense, replaced by a more structured system that plays to Jones' strengths.
"If I had to have a dream offense, this would be it," Jones said before a recent practice. "You're loose out there. You're playing your game, you're coming off multiple screens, and eventually you're going to be open.
Oh man, November 13 can't get here fast enough.