POTB 131: Verdell Jones

  • 05/31/2016 6:22 pm in

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by former Indiana guard Verdell Jones to discuss his time in Bloomington and life as a professional basketball player.

Among the topics discussed:

· The Christian Watford shot and whether he still thinks about it today
· Verdell’s professional journey and where his career has taken him
· His decision to play in the D-League this past season rather than overseas
· The connection that brought him to the Santa Cruz Warriors, the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors
· Life in the D-League and what it’s like versus professional leagues in Europe and Japan
· How he would advise a player leaving early that had to choose between Europe and the D-League
· What it was like his first three seasons at Indiana when the program was struggling
· The pivotal win during the 2011-2012 campaign that was a springboard for the season
· How difficult it was to lose the end of his senior season due to injury
· The toughest Big Ten road environment to play in
· Verdell’s thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals

And much, much more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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  • BL4IU

    Really good Podcast guys. Not sure you’re aware but the interview with VJ cutoff before it was completed.

  • Should be fixed now.

  • N71

    The D League is a curious thing. Verdell says its the second best/talented league in the world which he’d know better than me, so why then is the pay so bad and then, if you’re Troy Williams for example and hypothetically go un-drafted or an Aaron Craft for Santa Cruz, why play in the D League? The odds of you getting pulled up seem pretty slim. The guys that go up seem to go through the primary team first and then get assigned down, then hop back and forth, McAdoo for example. Craft or Verdell going up seem almost impossible so why not play in foreign league X and make as much as you can while you can still play? I know there must be a reason but I’m not sure what it is.

  • He played in Greece and Japan for three or four years, I believe. Perhaps he wanted to be back in the US for a year and see what happened. He’s young enough that he’ll be able to jump back over there for a nice pay day if he wants, especially after the year he had in the D-League.

  • Verdell highlights from this past season:


  • Meadows007

    These podcasts are awesome. Started listening to them at work last week and will continue to do so. Love the Nick, Max, and now VJIII interviews.

  • Meadows007

    He said he gets a little homesick, and he has a 2 year old son that likely lives in the states as well.

  • sarge

    They just keep improving and getting better too. Love the player interviews too, past and present.

  • Thanks for the feedback, more to come!

  • oldiugymnast

    I live near Santa Cruz and have watched lots of D-League guys that didn’t impress as much as Verdell go up. Seth Curry and Klay Thompson both played 2 seasons in Santa Cruz and a number of others have gone to the NBA in some capacity both to the Warriors and to other teams. Verdell looks good. He is bigger, stronger, shoots better and still has tons of heart. Also – if you show up in an IU sweatshirt – you get some love after the game. He is a good guy and I am rooting for him.

    Edit: Plus, as I understand it – they get room and board in Santa Cruz – which is worth another $2500 a month at least.

  • BruceA

    Great Interview…best wishes Verdell!

  • N71

    I can see Santa Cruz being one of the more appealing D League locations (room and board at nice hotel, tied to Golden State, good young Coach in Casey Hill, sea side community, weather, etc.) but what if you were in Canton or Erie…ouch. Wouldn’t a sure bet pay check in Spain, Japan, or Italy be better?

  • oldiugymnast

    They get nice apartments right downtown – at least that is the word from one of the owners. But yeah – I hear you on Canton or Rapid City or bfe Texas or whatever. I just hope he is back next year so I can watch more games! I hear he is a lock and that the organization wants to groom him for “days when Steph is resting” – but all that is always up in the air.