Jones joined a slew of Tiger coaches across various sports in Alexandria, Epps' hometown, for another leg of the Tiger Tour, geared toward bringing LSU athletics to fans across the state and even into alumni-rich, non-Louisiana locales like Houston.
Around this time last year Epps had surgery to clear out cartilage in his knee, delaying the Tioga product's entry into open-gym summer competition with his new teammates. If all goes according to plan with his recovery this summer, Epps may be able to participate on the floor during the Tigers' trip to Australia.
Surgery and recovery news aside, Jones had some flattering things to say about Epps in his interview with Tompkins.
"Epps is probably going to have the opportunity to play more of a role like Jarell Martin did this season," Jones told Tompkins. "He's going to play both the four and the three position for us. Last year he didn't have a chance to develop as much as we wouldn't liked because he had some injuries where he couldn't be 100 percent."
In his freshman campaign in Baton Rouge, Epps played in 14 games, starting twice, and averaged 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds. There are a lot of minutes up for grabs in the frontcourt for 2015-16, however, as Martin and Jordan Mickey declared for the NBA Draft this offseason as early entrants.
---------------------------Below are various videos TSD shot of Epps during that freshman season, including his participation in the Bayou Madness dunk contest preseason.