That’s a wrap: Verdell Jones

  • 03/25/2009 10:35 am in

‘That’s a wrap’ is Inside the Hall’s player-by-player postseason breakdown of the 2008-2009 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Verdell Jones.

Final statistics: 11.0 ppg; 3.1 rpg; 71 percent FT’s; 45 percent FG’s; 21 steals

The transformation of Verdell Jones from a player battling walk-on Daniel Moore for playing time to the lead guard for the Hoosiers was one of the top story lines of the season. The freshman from Champaign (IL) averaged 14.5 points over IU’s last 11 games. Once Jones became acclimated to the physical style of the Big Ten, he used his length to get easy baskets inside and also showcased a pull-up jump shot that was unstoppable at times.

With the addition of Jeremiah Rivers and Jordan Hulls to the roster for 2009-2010, it will be interesting to see if the IU coaching staff shifts Jones to the two-guard. If he can improve his strength over the summer, the transition should be seamless and it would allow Jones to embrace the scorer’s mentality he found down the stretch.

Quotable:

This season is definitely a learning experience. But I think the most we got out of this season is if you work hard and listen to what the coaches say you can improve by leaps and bounds. That’s definitely what we did this year.” – Verdell Jones after IU’s season ending loss to Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.

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  • IMO, Jones will play off-guard next year, Crean put him at 1guard this year to develope on his dribbles, but with hulls and rivers next year, Verdell will become a beast at 2. Gotta start downing those protein shakes though, hahah

    Also did you guys hear Lav during the BTT game ripping on Weber for not giving VJ3 a scholy….pretty funny.

  • Kirby

    As my colleague Zach Osterman has noted a bunch this year – In Crean's offense there isn't a whole heck of a difference between the point guard and two guard. Both need to be able to dribble and drive. (See Marquette's James/McNeil/Matthews combinations.)

    Even with Rivers and Hulls occupying the #1 when on the court, I would anticipate Jones to be getting a lot of time next year and making the same great strides witnessed at the end of the season.

  • IU Marine

    I came into the season expecting Williams to be our best freshman, but came away sold on Jones. Although I really appreciated Williams effort. I am glad that Coach beat out Minnesota for VDJ services.

    I am looking forward to see how he improves during the off season.

  • The Kid

    They are going to need guys like Williams and Jones to contribute in a big way next year. I know we are all excited about the studs coming in, but the experienced guys improving over this year is key as well.

  • The Kid

    They are going to need guys like Williams and Jones to contribute in a big way next year. I know we are all excited about the studs coming in, but the experienced guys improving over this year is key as well.