If Kansas State finds itself in need of a few three-pointers (or anything, really) Jeremy Jones says he will be ready to come off the bench and help today.
The junior college transfer is healthy, and eager to play in his first NCAA Tournament game. K-State fans haven’t gotten to see a ton of Jones this year. He had a few good moments for the Wildcats early, and proved he could make outside shots as well as anyone else on the roster. But then he missed 10 straight games with a fractured bone in his ankle.
He saw action in K-State’s past two games, though, and sank a three in both. That has given him confidence heading into today’s game with Southern Mississippi. He talked about all that and more during a media session yesterday in Pittsburgh. Below are the highlights of what he had to say.
How long were you inactive, because of your ankle? And when did you start feeling totally healthy?
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Right after the Texas A&M game at their place. I didn't play, but it felt good. I had it wrapped up and it felt good. When it first happened I missed about two weeks and had a boot on. But I've been good ever since.
How much practice did that cause you to miss?
The boot was on for like two weeks straight. They made sure I stayed in shape and I still lifted, so I was all right.
What are your goals for the NCAA Tournament?
I want to help in anyway I can. If I can play defense then I will try and make a play on defense. If I get a chance to play offense, try to make plays there, too.
You got hurt right after having a big game at Oklahoma. Was that frustrating?
A little bit. It was frustrating, because I knew I could help the team. But at the same time I didn't want to force my injury.
You played in the national juco tournament last year. How did that experience compare to being here for the NCAA Tournament?
It’s way different. You face better teams. There is a lot tougher competition here. It's harder. There is a lot more scouting. In juco it's not as much scouting. You know players but you don't know all their tendancies. There is much more attention to detail here. You know how much guys go left how much they go right. The juco tournament was almost like AAU, because you're always playing.
Your junior college team made it to the finals. How excited are you to possibly help K-State advance in this tournament?
I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully I get the chance. If I do, I'm just going to go out there and play my game.