Scary situation for the young player, and we sincerely hope he is well, soon.
Coach Shaka Smart declined Tuesday to detail what is ailing Jones out of “respect for the family,” but hopes to be able to release more information soon. Smart said the team is focused on the player and is not thinking about whether he can return this season.
Jones opted to return to Texas after his freshman season instead of entering the NBA draft. He was averaging a team-high 15.3 points before sustaining a wrist injury and missing four games. He then played sparingly in games against Kansas and Iowa State when he tried to return. Smart has said previously that Jones had been lacking energy.
Veteran teams with big goals have to be really good on defense and keep opponents off the line. Welp.
Against OU and Kansas at home, TCU trailed early and big. Oklahoma led 11-0 three and a half minutes into its game in Fort Worth two weeks ago, and Kansas was up 22-8 less than seven minutes in.
The Frogs made up the deficits and led in the second half of both games before trouble hit. Oklahoma guard Trae Young shot 18 free throws, including two for the winning points with 7.9 seconds left, two weeks ago in Oklahoma’s win, and Kansas guard Devonte Graham made eight foul shots in the final 2:02 to keep TCU at bay last week.
Texas is improving, but will it be enough as the Big 12 season grinds on?
Texas has lost to Kansas at home and on the road to Baylor, the latter on Saturday when the Longhorns went the final 5:03 without scoring in a 69-60 defeat to the Bears.
“Our guys had a good level of momentum in terms of our competitive spirit and the way we were communicating and attacking, but then we got tentative,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said after the loss to Baylor. “We passed up a couple shots that were really good looks that we need to take, and then we didn’t execute. When you combine not being aggressive enough, being too tentative, and not executing in the right way, that’s what led to our offensive struggles.”
Well, look who is in that number one spot.
1. TCU (7.8): The Horned Frogs have been unquestionably the best program in Texas over the last recruiting cycle, winning 40 total games in four seasons and narrowly missing out on the playoff in 2014. The biggest obstacle to winning a title is its recruiting. The more it’s studied, the more every program aiming high must confront a reality: Top 10 classes do not automatically beget big-time success, but you cannot win a national title without top 10 talent on your roster. And TCU’s last four classes ranked 28th, 21st, 39th and 43rd. Its 2018 class is currently ranked 21st. Gary Patterson has shown he can win 9-10 games consistently with that level of talent, but he needs a lot more four and five stars to make a national title a reality.
TCU makes this list... twice.
TCU was trailing Oregon 31-0 at halftime. However, after Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. got injured, the Ducks were unable to score for the entire second half. As a result, TCU stormed back and tied Oregon, forcing an overtime battle for the ages.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, and field goals in the second overtime. In the third and final overtime, TCU was able to score and prevent Oregon from reaching the end zone. Their 31 point comeback is tied for the largest in NCAA Division I Bowl history.
The Frogs could use some veteran help on the o-line with so many players graduating. Tucker would be a nice get.
In terms of competition, Colorado returns a part-time starter at right tackle next season, while TCU lost three of our starters along the offensive line, including both tackles.
Since it’s questionable whether Tucker can effectively play the left tackle position, the Horned Frogs probably hold the edge in opportunity over the Longhorns. From the Texas perspective, Tucker was more highly regarded out of high school than Rice transfer Calvin Anderson, who is also a target for the ‘Horns — Tucker was a top-100 prospect ranked among the 10 best offensive tackles in the 2014 class. However, Anderson probably has the edge in pass protection, which is the biggest need for position coach Derek Warehime.