Hoops Wrap-Up: Chris Jones

Our Cardinal Authority series of stories of "Hoops Wrap-Up" continues, featuring a look at each player on the University of Louisville men's basketball team. A look back at the season and forward to the future: Our focus today is junior point guard Chris Jones:

Chris Jones

5-10, Jr.., Guard

Memphis, Tenn.

Averages: Jones averaged 10.2 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, while finishing fourth on the team with 47 assists. He averaged 25.6 minutes a game, hitting 39.5 percent from the field, including 37.7 percent from three-point range.

Overview: Coming to U of L with extremely high expectations, Jones was a bit up and down early but overall played well for the Cardinals. The former JUCO Player of the Year started 27 of 33 games and scored at least 15 points in eight games this season. He had one three-pointer in 25 of 33 games and despite missing a little time in the middle of the season, Jones played his best basketball late in the season after figuring out the best way to play alongside All-American Russ Smith.

Best game: With Russ Smith ailing in the first half at SMU, Jones stepped up and had his best game. He finished with 21 points and six steals, hitting 4 of 7 three-pointers, before Smith finished off the Mustangs.

Projected future: Jones will be the starting point guard again next season and will have a new running mate – Terry Rozier. With Russ Smith gone, look for Jones to take on more of the scoring load but he showed at the end of this season he's very capable in that role.

Quotable: "Chris has come a long way," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "He's one of the most enjoyable guys away from the court. Between the lines, he's very emotional and we have to get him to control his emotions. He's one of the fiercest competitors I've ever seen."

Fun stat: Jones saw his average go up late in the season because he scored double figures in six of the final eight games of the season.

Bottom line: Jones has to become a leader and do much of the same he was doing late in the season, playing within the system and doing whatever the team needed. It was scoring in some games and passing in others, while the defense was steady the entire season. He'll be a key contributor for the Cardinals and should be one of the leading scorers on the team.

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