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Roosevelt Jones Out For The Season. What's Next For Butler?

Roosevelt Jones

Seniors have graduated, Brad Stevens has moved on to coach the Boston Celtics, the program is in its inaugural season in the Big East Conference, and their star player will have to miss the entire 2013-2014 season. New head coach, Brandon Miller, has a lot on his plate for this upcoming year. 

Junior forward, Roosevelt Jones tore ligaments in his left wrist Friday morning during Butler's first game on their trip to Australia. He would have been the team's top returning rebounder and scorer.

Butler has now lost three of the team's leading scorers from last season. Rotnei Clarke (16.9 PPG), Andrew Smith (11.3 PPG), and Roosevelt Jones (10.1 PPG).

Since the team's starting point guard last year, Rotnei Clarke, has graduated and Jones has gone down, Miller will have to choose from a trio of less-experienced players to lead the offense. Potential point guards include: walk-on Alex Barlow, Jackson Aldridge, or freshman Rene Castro.

The dilemma of replacing players will be a daunting task for Miller, and so will adjusting to a completely new conference. This year will be the first season Butler Men's basketball will play in the well-known Big East Conference. Not many people see Butler as a legitimate threat to win the regualr season title. Now since Jones will not be a factor, their chances for glory seem even dimmer.

With the possibility of Butler becoming bottom-feeders in the Big East, this will mostly be a rebuilding year for the program. If any team is going to prove the doubters wrong and make a late-season run, it's Brandon Miller's Bulldogs. The school from Indianapolis always seems to have a flare for the dramatic.