If you can’t trust what you already know about seasons or someone’s mom, what can you trust??
With Marquette’s men’s basketball season coming to an end with a second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament, it has officially moved into the offseason. One of the things that immediately comes to mind in off-season related categories is, “It’s time to deal with lingering minor injuries that actually require surgery.”
It should come as no surprise that freshman guard Sean Jones lives up to that standard. Thanks to his ever-enthusiastic mother Shelley and her Instagram, we now know that Jones has had wrist surgery. should have finished.
Thanks to my best friend Andrei from Paint Touches for spotting the revelation on Instagram on Friday morning. As you can see from the timestamps at the top, the posting on these stories happened Thursday at noon and won’t go live until Friday night, so it’s safe to say the surgery has already taken place.
As I said a while ago, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Jones needed postseason surgery. He appeared in all MU’s first 21 games of the season, missing three in late January and early February. The explanation at the time was that Jones had aggravated a wrist injury he had been dealing with for some time. After a strain or sprain. Either way, Jones missed three games and then returned to all MU’s remaining 12 contests.
Thanks to the ever-helpful Sports Reference before time is missed: 4.5 points and 1.2 assists in 13 minutes per game, 42% shot split from the field, 33% from the 3-point line, and 62% from the free throw line.
After missing time: 2.1 points and 0.8 assists in 11 minutes per game, with 41%, 25% and 71% shot splits, 71% of which were just 5 from the 12-game charity stripe vs 7.
Out of nothing, these numbers are a pace-changing sub coming off the bench, not bad for a freshman guard who isn’t being asked to carry a team. But they’re worse than what Jones was contributing to before a significant portion of the injury, so you can understand why the surgery wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
I think it’s fair to assume that Jones won’t be the only Golden Eagle under the knife this offseason. Tyler Kolek didn’t officially miss after injuring his hand early in the game against Vermont, but his two NCAA tournaments at MU have haunted him in his games. I think we can all agree. It’s no guarantee he’ll need surgery, but it certainly leans towards it. Keep your eyes and ears open for more news as it happens..