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Howland better hope he's right about Jones

Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:44 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 8:46 pm
By Gary Parrish

Matt Norlander -- along with everybody else in the college basketball world -- reported earlier that UCLA coach Ben Howland has suspended reserve point guard Jereme Anderson indefinitely because of an arrest that's rooted in the theft of a laptop. So I guess Cam Newton has company. If Anderson goes on to to win a Wooden Award and a national championship, you'll be able to trace it right back to this.

Anyway ...

Lazeric Jones will now have to play more than the 28 minutes per game he played at point guard last season for as long as Anderson's suspension lasts. That's bad news on the surface. But if you're looking for a bright spot, I can tell you that Howland went out of his way last weekend to talk about Jones with me while sitting courtside at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas, and the man with three Final Fours to his credit seemed genuinely optimistic about his junior college point guard with one year of eligibility remaining.

"Lazeric Jones has had a really great offseason," Howland said. "I think he's going to have a great senior year."

For Howland's sake, I hope he's right.

Because the Bruins' success will rely on that now more than Howland could've possibly imagined four days ago.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:55 pm

Howland better hope he's right about Jones

The Bruins will be fine.  They may struggle on the outside, but will be very strong under the basket with Smith and Reeves.  Look for them to still be in the hunt alongside Zona, Cal and Wash.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:30 am

Howland better hope he's right about Jones

Jones is a really good player who was on pace to have an all league type season before injuries took their toll. Wrist, hand, and leg injuries affected his shot, ability to handle, and the amount of minutes he was able to play. His production fell off drastically in the 2nd half of the season and the injuries were most certainly the reason why.

If he's able to stay healthy this year I expect him to be one of the best point guards in the Pac-12. His jumper will allow the Bruins to play inside/outside with their big guys and his dribble penetration should draw the defense and open up some room for Smith and Reeves.   The big guys inside should also allow Jones to get up and play pressure defense without having to worry about guys dribbling by him. I am with Howland on this one, I expect a lot from Zeke.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:53 pm

Howland better hope he's right about Jones

Jones looked  exactly was he was last season, the 14th ranked JC point guard the previous season.    UCLA has some serious problems.    They can't shoot, and their ONE point guard is  medicre by PAC12 standards.     They added James Keefe 2.0 and 3.0 in the Ware twins, but are only fooling themselves into thinking more of Howland's micro-managed half-court basketball is somehow a good thing.     Howland was supposedly planning more of a motion offense this season.    The only motion Bruin fans will see are endless iterations of Smith's hamburger to mouth motion.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:30 pm

Howland better hope he's right about Jones

Lazeric Jones looked really, really good in LV.

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