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Can Tyrique Jones average a double-double?

It hasn't been done in a Xavier uniform since David West was dominating the A10, but the Muskies' senior big man isn't as far off as you might think.

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What would it mean for Tyrique to average a double-double this season? David West did it twice and narrowly missed it as a junior. Romain Sato, Jason Love, and Jamel McLean have all flirted with it since, and Travis Taylor dropped 11.9 and 9.0 to come as close as anyone has since West. Each of those guys saw meaningful progression in their senior years that got them close to the mark.

So what would it take for Tyrique? He averaged 11.3 and 7.7 as a junior last year despite sharing time in the paint with Zach Hankins and working next to a great rebounding forward in Naji Marshall. For the purposes of this post, we’re going to assume Ty will get his points and that boards will be where the work needs done.

For those of you just waking up from three-year comas (welcome back!) Tyrique has been a consistently excellent rebounder by rate. He has grabbed an OReb% of 16.6% in two of his three seasons, leading all high-major players with that number last year. He also posted a superb DReb% of 19.9% last year, actually down from the 22.2% he posted as a sophomore.

On his career, Ty has averaged 12 rebounds per 40 minutes, and last year he upped that number slightly to 12.4. If his rates hold and my math is correct, he’ll have to play something on the order of 32 to 33 minutes per game to get to 10 RPG this year. The last Xavier big to play that many minutes was David West. Travis Taylor came close with 31.7 MPG his senior year, but it’s hard for a big man to handle that kind of workload, even moreso in the Big East.

The only other way for Tyrique to average a double-double would be for him to go from being one of the best rebounders in the nation to the best. Looking at the work he has put in on his body and conditioning and his general ferocity going for rebounds, you wouldn’t be surprised if he made a run at doing just that. Even if he doesn’t average a double-double, what X is left with isn’t half bad.

He has been an almost automatic bucket if he gets touches in the post, shooting 255-388 (65.7%) around the rim on his career. He led the team in rebounding percentage at both ends last year and was second in block rate and third in ORtg. His usage and efficiency numbers have climbed every year, and he posts the same basic stats against the toughest competition as he does overall.

Tyrique’s mean mug game is on point, and it mirrors the attitude with which he patrols the lane at both ends. In a game increasingly dominated by pace and space, Jones is an old-school post man that gives Xavier a consistent weapon with his back to the basket and a possession-domimating edge on the glass.