First Returns

West Virginia's Kevin Jones had the normal ups and downs to be expected from a player in his first public college contest, but the play shown by the versatile forward should leave Mountaineer fans with high hopes for his career.

Kevin Jones, flashing the all-around game that made him one of the top high school players in the country, put on a quiet show for the 9,035 fans in attendance at WVU's 98-78 exhibition win over Mountain State. The steady forward, coming off the bench for 20 minutes of action, made six of his nine shots form the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and snared seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end. Two of those lead to stickback baskets, allowing Jones to score from the rim all the way out to the newly-lengthened three point line.

Jones isn't a flashy player. He's probably not going to make highlight reel drives or soar over opponents for dunks. But what he can do is provide the Mountaineers with good play on both ends of the court, and help WVU fill the inside scoring gap left by the departed Joe Alexander.

Of course, the freshman is still learning. He was removed from the game and lectured sternly by head coach Bob Huggins after failing to compete hard enough for a loose ball and a rebound, and to his credit he took the words well and returned to the game with a will to correct the error.

"I thought Kevin did a a good job after the spell of not blocking out," Huggins said. "He is such a great kid, and he will do whatever we ask of him."

Listen as Jones discusses his first game and his reaction to Huggins comments.

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