Considering a loss to perhaps the most decorated basketball coach in Butler history and a team that has never had as rigorous of a schedule as it will face this season in conference play, it was already shaping up to be a tough season for the Bulldogs. Now, as Roosevelt Jones is to undergo season-ending surgery, Butler also loses its top scorer and rebounder from a season ago.
From the official Butler release:
“Roosevelt suffered an injury that resulted in ligament damage to his left wrist, and he’ll undergo season-ending surgery,” said Butler head athletic trainer Ryan Galloy. “His prognosis is good and he’s expected to make a full recovery for next season.
Jones fell on his wrist in the first game of Butler’s exhibition trip to Australia, and he didn’t play in the final three games of the Bulldogs’ tour. His injury was examined further upon the team’s return to Indianapolis, and it was determined that surgery was necessary.
There’s no doubt that this will have a significant impact on the current season. Someone who is as versatile and strong as Jones is has the ability to create match-up problems that would have largely benefited this team moving into a new conference. Not to mention the experience he would bring to the table, Butler just lost a lot of flexibility to its offense this season when it was already a bit thin at the wing/guard position.
Now, it will be up to some freshmen and unproven players to step up even more so than it was before. This is a young team with a young coach who now has even more to prove heading into the season.
As for Jones moving forward, since he was heading into his junior season this year, he will be able to take a red-shirt and still have two years of eligibility remaining. And, per the release, Brandon Miller is quick to recognize that even though he will not be on the floor for another year, he will still have an impact on this team.
“Roosevelt is a tough-minded, determined young man, and I am confident he will return from this adversity an even better player and person,” said Miller. “Despite not playing, Roosevelt will continue to have an impact in leading this team as we move forward.”