The jury was already out on whether the “new era” of the Butler Bulldogs basketball team was going to go well, and on Friday, things got a lot more challenging.
Butler formally announced that the team’s best returning player, swingman Roosevelt Jones, will miss the entirety of the 2013-2014 season as a result of a left wrist injury. The announced injury reflects torn ligaments in the wrist, and while it seems a bit early for a season-long prognosis, the injury is going to require surgery that will take his recovery past March of 2014.
The Bulldogs lost their head coach (and phenom) in Brad Stevens before the season, and they are heading for a much more difficult conference in the Big East. Throw in the fact that they were already without a reliable point guard option, and the loss of the ultra-versatile Jones is even worse. He averaged nearly 4 assists per game from a forward spot last year, and there were rumors that Jones would be used as a “point forward” next season.
New head coach Brandon Miller is going to have his work cut out for him in the wake of Brad Stevens’ legend, but fortunately, it seems as if Jones will be ready to go for his senior season in 2014-2015. As for this year, Butler was already being looked down on in the Big East “projections”, and this injury is going to drop them even further. Even so, it is difficult to count out the always resilient Bulldogs.