Here's all the basketball data I have on Jones:
- Reilly said he's a hard worker who knows the Gannon system after being in the team's practices last season, so he could see some immediate playing time
- did not play in the Knights' opening 4 games this year while recovering from football
- lettered 3 seasons at Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas HS
- was a team captain as a senior, leading Aquinas to the sectional championship
- Click here for his 2009 preseason football bio. On the gridiron this past fall, he started 3 games at WR, totalling 228 yards on 18 receptions. In 11 games, Jones scored 2 TDs and a 2-point conversation for a total of 14 points, an average of 1.3 ppg. Or don't they do it that way in football?
- Point guard James Bryant will be joining the team after the first semester, but don't look for him to play vs. Glenville. Same goes for any other transfers who could join the team for the second semester. They will still need to acclimate to the Gannon scheme. Heck, they won't even know where the cafeteria is at that point. Look for Bryant and any other newcomers -- which Reilly said is "a possibility" -- to get their first real playing time at the Porreco Cup.
- Reilly said injured Anthony Simmons should be completely healed and make his Golden Knight debut after Christmas. Hey -- I have the same thing on my Christmas list, too! Sing it with me: "All I want for Christmas is a scoring threat, a scoring threat, a scoring threat ..."
- Give Coach Reilly credit for still going on the radio even when times are tough. And give LeCorchick credit for not piling on; he got good information without being a jerk to a coach whose team is struggling.
Last night I called a cease fire after several posters were arguing back-and-forth about seemingly anything and everything. (I think there was even some name-calling during a debate over Malcom Woodbury's toe.) I'm not the only one who was bothered by all the sniping. Here are excerpts of an email I just received from a Gannon Hoops reader:
- "Hi Jim: I am a GU alumni and frequent your hoops blog. In addition, I played football at Gannon and lettered all four years. I am very familiar with the traditions within the athletic department, so we share that common bond. I have enjoyed the 'blog' up until the latest edition. I used to let my daughter and son, who are 11 and 8, look at it as a 'modern' tool for communicating sports and sharing thoughts-ideas. We'd discuss the topics and 'fanatics' comments. But I've had to put the 'blog' on hold until things calm down. Keep up the good work and I hope to allow my kids to resume following the 'blog' in the near future."
I'm going to start enforcing those SportsLook standards here on Gannon Hoops. We'll analyze the team and have fun, but it will be good, clean fun. If you look at the Dec. 5 post that caused grief for many Gannon Hoops readers (and their kids), you'll see that a slew of comments have been deleted. I even deleted one of my own that may have been inflammatory.
I apologize if this comes across as heavy handed, but Gannon fans and I want this site to be an enjoyable read, and I'll go to great lengths to make sure we accomplish that. Thanks for your understanding, and thanks in advance for your cooperation. Go Knights!