Virginia Guard Teven Jones Suspended for Opener for Violation Team Rules

By Paul Seaver

After beginning the 2011-12 season at Fishburne Military School (VA), Teven Jones decided to enroll at Virginia for the second semester.

He redshirted and practiced with the team for the remainder of the semester, but did not dress for the games. In turn, Jones is currently preparing for his first full season with the Cavaliers, but things have got off to a rocky start.

The freshman guard was suspended by head coach Tony Bennett on Friday and will miss the the team’s season opener against George Mason on Nov. 9. Jones has also been suspended for a pair of exhibition match-ups.

Standing at 6-feet tall, Jones had been looking ahead to the start of the year with the opportunity at increased playing time due to the injury to senior guard Jontel Evans. Evans suffered a stress fracture in his foot earlier this month and is expected to miss the beginning of the season. He is hoping to return around the Thanksgiving holiday.

With Bennett’s decision on Friday, the Cavaliers will likely turn to both Joe Harris and freshman guard Taylor Barnette on the perimeter. Certainly George Mason will look to expose the Cavaliers’ weakness on Nov. 9, especially given the fact that it is a true road game for Virginia.

Jones is an original native of Kannapolis, North Carolina where he graduated from A.L. Brown H.S. (NC) prior to enrolling at Fishburne in the fall of 2011.

Following the team’s season opener at George Mason, Virginia will prepare for three consecutive home games as a regional host for the 2012 Preseason NIT.


Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse


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