Butler’s Roosevelt Jones will miss season
by Zak Keefer, USA TODAY Sports
Butler junior forward Roosevelt Jones, who was going to be the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder, is out for the season, the school announced.
Jones tore ligaments in his left wrist on a hard fall just four minutes into the Bulldogs’ first game in Australia 10 days ago. He left the game and did not play the rest of the trip.
“God works in mysterious ways,” Jones posted on his Twitter account Friday morning.
Earlier in the day, he had posted: “Hoping to hear some good news this morning.”
The loss is a major blow for Butler. Jones started all 36 games last year and averaged 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.
“Roosevelt suffered an injury that resulted in ligament damage to his left wrist, and he’ll undergo season-ending surgery,” Butler head athletic trainer Ryan Galloy said in the school’s release. “His prognosis is good and he’s expected to make a full recovery for next season.”
Butler head coach Brandon Miller said in the release, “First and foremost, our thoughts are with Roosevelt. He has worked very hard to position himself to have a terrific junior year. Having said that, Roosevelt is a tough-minded, determined young man, and I am confident he will return from this adversity an even better player and person. Despite not playing, Roosevelt will continue to have an impact in leading this team as we move forward.”
Jones provided the second of two memorable game-winners during the team’s 27-9 season. With 3.5 seconds left in a January ESPN Game Day showdown vs. Gonzaga at Hinkle Fieldhouse, he stole an in-bounds pass, dribbled the length of the court and sank an off-balance runner that delivered Butler a memorable 64-63 win.
Butler enters its first season in the Big East this fall. The team will resume conditioning and weight room workouts the first week of September.
Zak Keefer writes for the Indianapolis Star, a Gannett property.