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Monday, April 12, 2010

UVA's Jeff Jones transferring to Rider

Jeff Jones, a 6-foot-4 junior guard at the University of Virginia, is transferring to Rider, a source told The Trentonian.

Jones, from Chester, Pa., averaged 7.3 points in 18.3 minutes last year for the Cavaliers. He'll sit out the 2010-11 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and be eligible in 2011-12.

The move leaves Rider with one available scholarship, which the Broncs would like to fill before the start of the spring signing period.

Rider is likely to add Tom Pereira, a 6-2 shooting guard from Nottingham, England. The Broncs have a signed letter of intent from 6-7 forward Danny Stewart and a verbal commitment from 6-4 guard Anthony Myles.

The 2010-11 roster will also include DeShawn Mitchell, who sat out last year after transferring from UNLV.

9 Comments:

Anonymous tmd39 said...

I have no problem with adding Jones, even if it's just for a season. But do we really need another 6'2" guard? Are there no 6'8" or bigger guys that we could fill the scholarship with? Is Tommy Boy looking to start 4 guards?

April 12, 2010 at 4:59 PM 
Blogger Ben said...

TMD,

There's no question interior defense and rebounding were major problems last year. The coaching staff thinks Danny Stewart will help with that and that Dera Nd-Ezuma will be one of the most improved players in the league.

But taking the believe-it-when-I-see-it approach on that front is understandable.

As for Pereira, they feel (and the numbers justify their belief) that their lack of a pure shooter other than Justin Robinson was a major weakness.

They think Pereira might be able to fill that need.

April 12, 2010 at 5:51 PM 
Anonymous tmd39 said...

Well put Ben. I liked what I saw from Ezuma late in the season and Stewart looks good on paper (then again, so did JJ), but you can never have enough big guys. Plus, there will only be so many shots available with the lineup that we'll put on the floor next year.

April 12, 2010 at 8:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like with the squad they are putting together that Mansell and Youngblood will get very few minutes. No true point guard is a major issue.

April 13, 2010 at 7:39 AM 
Blogger Ben said...

Anon,

You may be right about Mansell and Youngblood. As for the point guard situation, I'm not sure it's true they don't have a true point guard.

Justin Robinson played off the ball most of the time over the last two seasons, but he was the starting point guard in 2007-08 as a freshman. He can handle the job and will probably play well over 30 minutes per game.

I do think it's fair to ask who will handle the ball when Robinson isn't in the game, and I'm not sure Rider has figured that out yet.

April 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM 
Anonymous Beagle said...

The second half of last year Robinson was mainly running the point, he will do it this year, I beleive Tom P is a combo not a 2 hopefully he will be more of a pg then a sg.

April 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben, thanks for the thoughts. I also know that many recruiters felt that Myles might be a point guard at some point in his career.

April 13, 2010 at 4:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jones was a big time recruit out of high school. He had scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Clemson, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. Good pick up even though it's for one season. He can really shoot.

April 20, 2010 at 4:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he left due to lack of playing time proably.

May 18, 2010 at 9:37 PM 

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