Junior Tim Jones (Forestville, Md./Central) showed from day one that he is ready to take the next step on the basketball court.
Tim started his second season as EMU’s starting point guard by scoring 23 points, breaking his previous career high of 22 points in a game. Now seven contests into the men’s basketball season, he is averaging 15.1 points per game, which is nearly three points more than last year, while his assists are up and his turnovers are down - all good things for the leader of a team.
Even more important, Tim’s consistency has improved, a vital trait for a young team that has started three underclassmen each of the last five games. He has scored in double figures in all but one of the Runnin Royals’ games this season, and has accomplished the same trick with four or more assists.
Put together, Tim is turning into one of the best guards in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (being tenth is scoring average and fourth in assists average) and is our first Royals Athlete of the Week from the winter sports.
What was your mindset coming into this season and how did you prepare for it?
My mindset coming into the season was doing what’s necessary to win games for the program, leading by example and (that) being more of a vocal leader was a role that I had to take pride in and accept this season. I prepared for the season by taking caring of my body during the off-season, taking advantage of off-season individual workouts, and countless hours of film study from the previous season.
How has it affected you being the only upperclassman to not miss time over the first seven games of the season?
It has not affected me much because I believed that the coaching staff would put the team in the best position to be successful with the players available. The underclassmen have done a phenomenal job of stepping in and giving quality minutes and production.
What does it mean to you to lead your team in scoring and also in assists?
It means a lot that the coaching staff trusts in my abilities and has put me in a role where those abilities can be maximized.
What goals do you have for this season?
My goal this season is to win our conference championship and represent the ODAC in the NCAA Tournament.
What is something you have learned about yourself during your time as an EMU Royal?
During my time at EMU, I have learned that I am more outgoing than I thought. I have developed relationships with so many different people that will last far beyond my years at EMU. EMU has really helped me improve my social skills.
What is your major and what do you want to do after college?
My major is Business Administration and after college I want to pursue a professional basketball career and own many businesses.
Coach Melvin Felix on Tim Jones:
Tim's play this year has been great; he has improved as a player and as a leader. He leads by example and his work ethic on and off the floor is one of the strongest I have seen in a student athlete. Therefore, he will continue to help us get better as the season goes on.