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2016 Xavier basketball player preview: Tyrique Jones

The Muskies newest big man is built like a brick outhouse and has an incredible motor, but the transition from high school to college could be a bumpy one in the early going.

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What do you want in a power forward? It seems like the traditional four is being phased out, with bigger men now being specialized as either posts or stretch fours. I'm not going to sit here and bemoan the evolution of the game - I think it's fun to watch it change - but if your dad came of age watching teams with two really big dudes on the floor hanging around the lane most of the time, he might have a different opinion.

All that to say that Tyrique Jones is a throwback four. There's not much delicate about his game; he is a power forward in the truest sense of the word. He attacks the boards with good athleticism and a quick second jump at both ends, dunks like he just found out the rim made his little brother cry, and plays a particularly physical brand of basketball in the lane. It's true that he doesn't have big scoring range and there's a certain finesse you find in many successful post players that he lacks, but the dude is built like a brick outhouse and is as mean a competitor as you're likely to find. He's going to be a hit with the Xavier faithful.

Best-case scenario:

Jalen Reynolds, part II. Tyrique establishes himself early on as a bully in the paint and never looks back. He dunks everything he touches and begins building an impressive resume of posters featuring cringing opponents at waist level while he hangs on the rim. Strength and hustle make him a factor on the boards from the word go. His jumper will develop later, but his motor and athleticism put him on the court now.

Worst-case scenario:

Jalen Reynolds, part II. If there's one thing Big East refs like to do, it's apparently pick on physical post players who could be characterized as mildly in control. If Jones establishes that reputation early by fouling a lot or - God forbid - showing emotion on a basketball court, he's going to spend more time frustratedly explaining his side of the story to the towel boy than he is actually playing. That might be a temporary problem, or it could be one that follows him his whole career. Big East refs wouldn't do that though, right?

Most likely scenario:

Name the last true post Xavier had make an immediate impact as a freshman. It's not easy to do, and there's a reason for that: posts just tend to develop slower than guards. Jones will be faced with more guys that are bigger than he is while being just as athletic than he was in high school. He will still have the drive and strength to be a factor on the glass, but his offensive game will need some counter moves if he's going to be effective at this level. While he's working on those, he'll face a steep learning curve.