Aggressive Perry Jones Is What We've Been Waiting For
It took Perry Jones III 45 games to reach his first 20-point, 10-rebound game. By contrast, it took Jared Sullinger two career games and Anthony Davis reached those lofty numbers after just one start.
But then, in Baylor's next game, Jones did it again. In back-to-back games last week, wins over Oklahoma (on the road) and Texas (at home), the sophomore had 21/12 and then 22/14 to follow-up, scoring inside and out, which is what we have all been waiting for. Jones had a nice burst of aggressiveness contrasts the criticisms of his "soft" play that has plagued him his entire career, especially in the big games as of last.
Against the Longhorns, the future-lottery pick was 7-of-12 from the floor, constantly attacking the rim and thus resulting in a season-high 11 free-throw attempts (of which he made 8). Matched up with the Sooners, Jones was 9-of-15 from the floor; notably, his 27 shot attempts this week were the second-most ever by the sophomore in a two-game stretch.
Baylor will have a chance to win its first conference title since 1945 if Jones can maintain this type of assertiveness and leadership.