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Jones Shares Thoughts On Upcoming Season On Ivy Conference Call

James Jones (Steve Musco photo)
James Jones (Steve Musco photo)

Bulldogs Picked Second In Preseason Poll

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On Tuesday, the Bulldogs learned they had been picked second in the official Ivy League Preseason media poll. Yale received the most first-place votes (8) and had 118 points, three fewer than Harvard. On Wednesday, James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs, discussed the upcoming season on the league's annual preseason media teleconference.

Here are highlights from Jones' time on the call.

[On backcourt]

"Our backcourt is certainly one of the strengths of our team, but we feel overall we are pretty good in most every spot. We have some depth, and we are going to try and built that depth even more with the guys coming in."

[On Miye Oni's impressive offseason]

"When we recruited Miye, there was a lot of talk of him being a professional basketball player at the NBA level. Can he get there? I certainly hope so and certainly want to try and help him along the way and hone his skills. We've had a number of NBA scouts at our practices [this fall] and the feedback I've heard from them is that he checks all the boxes."

[On expectations]

"We feel like we have a good basketball team so we are going to have high expectations no matter what anybody says. We are going to go out every day and work toward that. At this time of year everybody feels like they can win a championship. We just want to go out and work to become the best basketball team that we can be."

[On the return of Makai Mason]

"Everybody knows who Makai is. The sophomores saw him play in preseason last year and knew what he brought to the program. The juniors and seniors played with him two years ago when we won the championship. Him being incorporated back into the team obviously will be seamlessly, but what we have to do is try to work our team to where it is running in its most efficient way. That's what we've been trying to do in practice."

The Bulldogs kick off the season with Blue Madness on Oct. 26. Yale's first game is Friday, Nov. 10 at Creighton as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The home opener is Tuesday, Nov. 14 vs. South Carolina State, also part of the Classic.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity