Dylan Jones is currently a sophomore for the Quakers. The Houston native has played a shortened amount of minutes in his time at Penn. He has been hampered by injuries and unfortunate timing. Last year, he played behind standout center, Darien Nelson-Henry and senior, Greg Louis. Two years ago, it was senior forward Fran Dougherty who stole the minutes. But this season Jones will have a legitimate chance to start next to Nelson-Henry.
During his sophomore campaign, Jones averaged 2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7 minutes per game. However, if you have ever watched the 6'8 forward play, you would notice he does all of the intangibles well. Clearing lanes for drivers and relentlessly fighting for loose balls are some of the factors that give him an edge. In addition, his long length, solid athleticism, and hard working attitude help him have strong rim protection and post defense. These components of his game will help give him a great chance to crack the starting line up next year.
The Empire caught up with Jones this weekend to ask him about his upcoming plans and thoughts on certain situations.
Benjamin Simon: How would you describe your game?
Dylan Jones: I describe [myself] as more of a defensive player. I've revolved my game around defense and I also believe that defense wins games...
B: What is one skill you are working to improve over the offseason?
D: I'm working on my shooting skills over the summer more. I don't feel like I am a very confident shooter. I'm just working on being very confident and [improving] my form. And I also want to work on my left hand because usually I drive right a lot. I switch it up now and then, but I favor my right hand, I'm not going to lie. So I'm going to work on my left hand and mostly shooting.
B: What were you most proud of this season? What were you least proud of?
D: I was proud of getting to know the new guys and establishing relationships with my teammates this year. Also, I was proud of just being with my teammates and learning the game and doing my best the whole season. What I am least proud of is that I got injured a couple of times and I just hope it doesn't happen next season either. Also I am least proud of ... not using my left hand or shooting the ball enough, like I said in the [second] question
B: What are you goals for next season? What are the team's goals?
D: One of my goals for next season is to keep playing hard... [We are] looking for the Ivy League championship. Also, just getting to know the new freshman that are coming in too. Just overall, having a great year and that's a team goal... to have a great year and we should try to win an Ivy League championship.
B: What are your first impressions of Coach Steve Donahue?
D: He's a good man, a very good man. I see why everyone likes him. [He's] very kind and he knows what he's doing. [He's] very involved with the team. He just wants the best for us, just like Coach Allen did and I'm really looking forward to playing for him this year.
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