On Friday afternoon, it was reported that Butler Bulldogs junior guard Roosevelt Jones would miss the entire 2013-14 season after suffering torn ligaments in his wrist. The injury occurred during the team’s exhibition trip to Australia this month and the timetable for recovery is a devastating one for the Bulldogs’ expectations.
After averaging 10.1 points per game this past season as a sophomore, Jones was returning as the team’s top scorer this upcoming season. Not only is Jones productive on the offensive end however, it’s his versatility that makes this such a monumental blow for Butler. Jones also averaged 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season. His most recognizable play came in the team’s buzzer-beating victory over Gonzaga on national television when Jones’ runner off a stolen in-bounds pass gave the Bulldogs a thrilling victory.
Throw in the obvious fact that the program is now transitioning forward without head coach Brad Stevens and well, expectations have certainly softened a bit for a squad that is preparing for its first season in the Big East Conference. Without Jones, Butler is certainly expected to dip down in the standings and there’s no denying the fact that it could be a long first year for newly-appointed head man, Brandon Miller.
There is still talent on Butler’s roster, including sophomore sharpshooter Kellen Dunham, who could be poised for a breakout campaign this season. The loss of Jones and his overall impact for the Bulldogs’ rotation however, is irreplaceable.