BayHawks Release Joe Jones, Trimming Roster to 12

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The news just came out that the Erie BayHawks made the final cut needed to trim the roster to the league-mandated size of 12 by 5 p.m. today. Joe Jones, a 6'3" guard from Edinboro University.

A native of Erie and graduate of nearby Edinboro, Jones had a lot of local support in his effort to secure a spot on this year's team. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for him. The he biggest knock against Jones is his size and strength. At 180 pounds, he was the lightest player left in camp, and a little added bulk would go a long way toward defending the guards Erie is likely to see in D-League competition this season.

That said, Jones is a talented young player, and I wouldn't be surprised if he explored his options and found an opportunity to play professionally in some other capacity. He's got a good first step, a quick-release on his jumper that allows him to get his shot off against any defender, and he's also shown himself capable of being a feisty defender.

It's too bad that the Erie dream won't come true, but Jones deserves a great deal of credit and respect for making it down to the final 13. As someone who played with and against Jones back when he was in high school, I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the way he's developed his game over the years. He won't be a BayHawk to start this season, but Jones' emergence at Edinboro and run at a roster spot with the BayHawks proves he's made himself into one of the best players in Erie basketball's recent history. Blog Talk BayHawk wishes him best of luck wherever his future path leads him.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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