While sitting up on the dais, Texas A&M’s Jalen Jones shook his head back and forth slowly while Alex Caruso described Green Bay’s Jordan Fouse as player who is just like Jones.
Jones was having none of it, with no disrespect to Fouse or any other Phoenix player, it’s not what he wanted to hear from his teammate or anybody for that matter.
One of the most endearing qualities about Jones is he’s a proud basketball player. He plays hard, he plays mad (again a good thing) and he’s not afraid to let people know it.
“I feel like I’m me, so when people compare me to others or ask me who I compare myself to I just say I’m my own player,” Jones said later in the locker room. “I was just laughing joking around on that. I think we got a lot of different things going on so I wouldn’t compare us to each other like that.”
Jones and Foust, the Horizon League defensive player of the year, will likely be shadowing each other, although with the way the Phoenix play it will be more like pick up whoever is in front of you because the ball will likely be going the other direction within a few seconds. RP 40 as the Phoenix call it (Relentless Pressure for 40 minutes)
Jones is more than ready to get up and down the court, but he is concerned somewhat about his freshman big man Tyler Davis.
“If it’s moving a little too fast for Tyler you can tell he’ll be out there huffing and puffing and on his knees so Tavario’s [Miller] got to make sure he’s ready and Tonny [Trocha-Morelos],” Jones said.