At the outset of the season, The Sabre took a look at 10 key questions facing the Cavaliers’ 2007-08 men’s basketball team. Among the 10, some questions focused on the freshmen, Lars Mikalauskas and the center rotation, and the John Paul Jones Arena. With the Hoos finishing out February on a break, let’s take a look back at questions 6-10 and see why UVa is just one game above .500 and 3-9 in the ACC.
Jeff Jones has re-emerged in the rotation recently.
10. What impact will the freshmen have?
Jeff Jones , Mustapha Farrakhan , Sammy Zeglinski, and Mike Scott make up the Cavaliers’ youngest class. The impact has been scattered and inconsistent at best. Zeglinksi had season-ending ankle surgery and Farrakhan rarely plays significant minutes. The other two – Jones and Scott – have seen the floor much more often. Let’s take a look one at a time.
Jones opened the season as the starting shooting guard, a role he eventually relinquished to Calvin Baker before recently re-entering the starting line-up. A prolific high school scorer, the highlight of Jones’ season to date was a long-range shooting display in a win at Arizona; he made five 3-pointers in that game. As a whole, however, Jones’ performance has been inconsistent, though his recent play (more on this in Part II) has improved. His strengths are a mid-range offensive game and attacking the rim, two things this team has needed more often.
Scott, meanwhile, has had a challenging freshman campaign. He entered the season still nursing an ankle injury before pushing for playing time as the games moved along. Unfortunately for Scott, he suddenly became part of the Cavs’ center rotation (more on that below) due to injuries at that spot. Playing out of position greatly reduced his effectiveness on offense and exposed his weaknesses...
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