Tuesday, June 11, 2013
BU hoops coach signs extension
By Jack McCluskey
Boston University announced Monday that it has signed men's basketball coach Joe Jones to an extension that will keep him on Commonwealth Avenue through the 2017-18 season.
“Coach Jones has demonstrated in numerous ways that he is the right man for Boston University as we transition into the Patriot League,” Boston University athletic director Mike Lynch said in a statement. “He is a true leader both on and off the court and has already proven to be a great teacher and recruiter of upstanding young men.
“In just two years, he has immersed himself in the BU culture and has made great progress in laying the foundation for future success.”
Jones, who came to BU via Boston College and Columbia, is 33-29 in his first two seasons in charge of the Terriers. After finishing 16-16 in his first season, BU went 17-13 in his second season in 2012-13.
“The opportunity to continue to serve Boston University is a tremendous honor,” Jones said in the statement. “Boston University is a very special place and that is no more evident than in the tremendous young men that we work with every day.”
In his first full recruiting class, Jones landed talented guards Maurice Watson Jr. (a four-star recruit and ESPN 100 member, according to ESPN RecruitingNation) and John Papale. Both made an impact in their freshman seasons, with Watson averaging 11.2 points and a team-high 5.4 assists per game and Papale leading the America East in 3-point shooting at 41.9 percent.
Going into Season 3, Jones has two more recruits signed on: 6-foot-5 shooting guard Cedric Hankerson (a three-star recruit, ranked No. 59 at his position by RecruitingNation) and 7-foot center Dylan Haines.
Those players will seek to join a rotation led by rising senior D.J. Irving (career-high averages of 14.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 2012-13) as the Terriers enter their new conference.
While BU did not disclose the terms of the agreement with Jones, the extension means he’s under contract to be the head of the program for the school's first five seasons in the Patriot League.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.