Although Teven Jones joined the team halfway through last season, this will still be his freshman campaign. Jones, a point guard originally from Kannapolis, North Carolina, attended prep school at Fisburne Military Academy in Waynesboro last fall. Jones, a late bloomer, committed to Virginia in September of last year, and had every intention of enrolling at UVA in the summer along with the rest of the 2012 recruiting class. But when K.T. Harrell and James Johnson transferred away in December, Virginia found itself without enough players to practice effectively. So Teven Jones left Fishburne early and enrolled at Virginia in January, getting a head start on his college career.
Jones did not play at all last season, but was truly valuable in practice, backing up Jontel Evans at the point guard spot after Malcolm Brogdon got hurt. Entering school early didn't just help out the program in a time of need, but it also surely helped Jones get acclimated to Bennett's system. There is usually a learning curve of sorts for new players entering "Bennett Ball," and Jones is already ahead of the game after last season. Jones had a reputation as a tough defender in practice last year at Virginia.
Teven Jones is a scoring point guard, who averaged over 22 points per game his senior year in high school. He's not a pure shooter, but Jones has the ability to make tough shots in traffic and get to the basket. Jones will spend most of the year in a reserve role, but early in the year he may get some serious playing time due to injuries. Starting point guard Jontel Evans will miss a few games after having surgery last month, and Jones may have to step right in and fill that void. We will have to wait at least one game to see Jones in action though, as he is suspended for the season opener for violating team rules.
Teven Jones is on Twitter @TJonesUVA5
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