Jones working out in Seattle

Known primarily as a defensive specialist, Bobby Jones has lately been on the offensive. Not just on the court, mind you. He's quickly gone from a Long Beach, California high school player that signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Washington in May to arriving in Seattle and already working out with his new team. For a high-profile player like Jones, it's all part of a normal summer routine.

"I'm not too bad right now because usually in the summers I'm travelling around, going to camps and tournaments, but in a couple of weeks it'll probably hit me and I'll be lonely," the 6-7, 200-pound Jones told Dawgman.com Saturday at the NCAA Summer League. Bobby is playing on the same West squad that also features Stanford's Tyler Besecker and Portland State's Seamus Boxley. "It hasn't rained yet all that much but everybody tells me I better get used to it. We'll see."

Getting into a normal routine is helping Jones adjust to the rigors of college life. "I'm just working out, trying to gain some weight and get ready for the upcoming season. I want to be the freshman of the year in the Pac-10." So what is he doing to accomplish those goals? "They put me with a weight trainer named Michelle (Latimer, assistant strength coach). She's been working on my footwork, different training drills to get me in shape and get my muscles used to lifting weights so hopefully I can gain 5 or 10 pounds this summer."

Since Jones is coming in new, there's no transition needed when it comes to new Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. "We've just been talking about general things, not about what I need to do and what I can do to help the team yet," Bobby said about his talks with Romar. "It's all been pretty basic stuff so far." Romar pulled the former Long Beach Poly grad to Seattle despite serious attention from schools like Boston College, Pepperdine, Boston College and Wyoming.

So of his new teammates, which is the player that has impressed Jones the most? "Jeff (Day), actually," he said. "He's a pretty good shooter, unless he just was making all his shots that day, but he proved something to me. I just thought he was just a shot blocker, defender. I guess he's been working on his shot too this summer."

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