Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Surprise: Perry Jones Stays at Baylor

For all the so called expects that said Baylor’s Perry Jones would leave the Texas school after one season, Jones had a surprise answer for them. The freshman said he would play a second season at Baylor.

Many thought Jones would be a top pick in this year’s NBA draft. At one time, he was projected as the No. 1 overall pick. But Jones had some serious off-court issues during the end of the season.

The NCAA declared Jones ineligible for the opening game of the Big 12 Tournament due to inappropriate benefits. Baylor lost that game handedly and would not play in another postseason game.

But the real kicker was the NCAA said Jones would need to sit out the first five games of next season. Many thought that additional ruling would cause Jones to take his ball and go to the NBA.

But you must applaud the young man for staying at Baylor and facing his punishment. Many thought the NCAA treated him unfairly in the case. He was charged with accepting airplane fare and a professional basketball ticket. His mother also ran afoul with the NCAA by accepting loans (which were paid back) from his AAU coach.

I think Jones will benefit greatly from another year in college. He has loads of talent that needs development. Putting more weight on and gaining more strength will greatly assist his game.

Plus, he is a nice, young man. And college basketball definitely needs those guys around.

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