After an underwhelming performance yesterday, Jones played with a better overall effort today. From early on in the game, he established himself as an inside presence. On back to back plays towards the end of the first half, the Texas A&M junior provided a great effort while collecting two offensive rebounds in the paint and putting them both back into the basket. The inside play allowed Jones the room to show off his range on the offensive end as well. This was particularly evident on pick and roll plays, where he was able to step out a couple times and knock down the open jumper. When playing with effort, Jones rebounds the ball very effectively as well.
A lingering area of weakness for Jones remains at the free throw line, where he only shot 55% this season. He has the proper mechanics and release point to become more than acceptable from the charity stripe, but he consistently overshoots the ball from this area. Jones also needs to play with better effort on the defensive end, but he does a good job of using leverage to bang with opposing players in the post.
Joseph Jones will benefit greatly from another season in College Station, but he has nothing to lose by testing his stock this year. He could be a serviceable big man off the bench in the NBA, and a season as a go-to scorer may help drastically with his development.