By the middle of December, Jeremiah Jones’ season looked rather promising. His offensive efficiency began to climb from last year as his shooting and ball handling improved. When you chart Jones’ entire year statistically in almost every category except turnovers, you’ll see a downward trend. It’s a strain to remember back this far but, Jones hit 48% of his shots from the field and 36% from three as late as New Year’s Day and owned an A:TO over two. He hit a wall following Fordham only reaching doubles figures once the rest of Atlantic 10 play sporting a 28.7% field goal percentage the final sixteen games.
What He Did Well
While it’s a title that could be pinned on someone tongue in cheek, Jeremiah legitimately deserves the Dukes’ award for best defender this season. Truly he was the only player prepared to stop the opposition from the start of the season. As mentioned above he also got off to a great shooting start, but only one area, free throw shooting, stayed strong. A third of his points the last five games came from the stripe. Jeremiah also developed into an unselfish player and a reliable ball handling option. He put the ball in the air often enough but I felt he took mostly good shots.
Areas To Improve
If Jeremiah would like to keep his starting job, his offense will need to look more like it did at the start than at the close of 2013-14. He needs to find a way to maintain his consistency while creating shots for himself and others. Jeremiah’s finishing must get better especially when he’s finding solid looks. He would do well to try to get to the hoop more.
How you perceive Jeremiah Jones at the moment probably says a lot about your disposition in life. If you remember and are encouraged by his start to the season, you’re probably an optimist. If all you see is the Jeremiah Jones the second half, you might be the opposite. Some might rationalize his start to a weak schedule, but he had two of his better games non conference against NCAA tournament bound Albany and Pitt. Personally, I think Jeremiah could go either way on offense but in the end his value will always derive from his defense. The A-10 is littered with guys who defend well but leave a lot desired on the offensive end. I see no reason why Jeremiah can’t be a valuable player as such.