The Chronicle’s series of player reviews concludes with this look at Tre Jones and his tremendous season.
Even last year, Coach K called him the best on-ball defender he’d ever had. This year, he was asked to do so much more, and the kid delivered, not least of all in Chapel Hill. It was a phenomenal season in many respects and a seminar in leadership.
The Chronicle’s piece says this: “Though he did begin the season as a team captain and the Blue Devils’ best returning player, Jones’ emergence as the bona fide veteran leader of his squad wasn’t guaranteed. Before the season, most expected the Apple Valley, Minn., native to start at point guard and facilitate Duke’s offense, but pundits doubted his ability to act as a primary scoring option for head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Jones managed to exceed those expectations, scoring the second-most points per game on the team en route to winning both ACC Player of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year Honors... Duke has another top-flight recruiting class, but it’s clear that the team’s new primary ball handler will have huge shoes to fill next season.”