Tay Jones, the 5'11 guard from Garfield Heights, Ohio, had an eventful, dynamic career on Hawk Hill. Jones will go down in the Hawk record books as one of the school's all-time leading scorers, amassing 1,845 points over his four-year career.
That career had its share of ups and downs, but Jones' impact on Hawk Hill is unmistakable. He provided Hawk fans with a number of memorable outings over this four years, and will go down in Hawk history as one of the school's purest scorers.
As a senior, Tay saw his numbers slip across the board. Coming off back-to-back 17 point per game campaigns, he saw his scoring drop down to 14.7 per this year. His field goal percentage, three-point shooting percentage, and free throw shooting all took a step back this year as well.
Jones was suspended for the first two games of the 2012-2013 season due to a violation of school policy. He had highlights, like his 32-point outburst against Iona and 16 points in a huge home win against city rival Temple.
Like anything, you can't simply recognize the positive and ignore the negative though. There was also a 3-point outing in a maddening home loss to Fairfield and a 2-11 shooting performance in a home loss to Saint Bonaventure.
Jones had a career full of electric performances, such as his 38 points against Seton Hall and 29 points against Creighton last year. At times over his career, he appeared capable of scoring at will.
That career was marked by some blemishes, however, such as his suspension this year, his refusal to speak with media following this year's Atlantic 10 tournament game with VCU, and several other instances.
Years from now, people will look back on the career of Tay Jones and recognize him for what he was: a truly gifted scorer who had blazing quickness and a lion's heart.
The Hawks have a hole to fill in the backcourt next year now. They will hopefully have the services of redshirt freshman point guard Kyle Molock. The Hawks are also extremely involved with Montour (PA) senior point guard Devin Wilson.
Tomorrow Hawk Hill Hardwood will take a look back on the season, and career, of forward C.J. Aiken. Aiken has left Saint Joseph's in order to pursue a professional career.
Year in Review: Tay Jones
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