Freshman forward Perry Jones will be returning to Baylor for his sophomore season he announced Monday night. Jones didn't quite find his niche with the Bears, but his versatility will be key to Scott Drew improving on this year's 18-13 finish.
Even after a mediocre freshman season, the 6'11" freshman was one of the top five players on our Big Board all season long, so its quite surprising to hear he is returning to school. Now, he'll have to finish up a six-game suspension that was started when he sat out Baylor's Big 12 opening round loss to Oklahoma- he'll be on the bench for the first five of 2011-12.
One of the biggest things Jones will have to work on is giving his all on every single night- he was too passive and uneven in his performances as a freshman. With free-shooting LaceDarius Dunn is gone, Jones will likely be the biggest benefactor of the loss of the Big 12's all-time leading scorer and his 15 field-goal attempts. But we can't overlook the addition of one of the top power forwards, Quincy Miller, to Baylor's frontcourt. If Jones can improve on his all-around play as a sophomore, he'll still be in the running for the top overall pick in 2012, but if he continues to play passive and struggle, Jones could slide down in the lottery.