KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jordan Bone said he doesn’t expect anything in his world to change after his coming-out party in Nashville on Saturday night.
The true freshman from Nashville’s Ensworth School finally lived up to the recruiting hype that preceded him signing with Tennessee, scoring a career-high 23 points while dishing out 5 assists in the Vols’ 87-75 win in Memorial Gym.
“Coach (Rick) Barnes keeps on us all the time, and why wouldn’t he?” Bone said at Monday’s press conference in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio. “We haven’t done anything yet, (and) I haven’t done anything yet.”
The Vols (9-8, 2-3 SEC) return to action at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Ole Miss (10-7, 1-4) in an SEC Network televised-affair.
Bone, the younger brother of former Tennessee defensive stopper Josh Bone (2009-11), said the win against the Commodores is indeed something to build on.
“The first thing is, we have to watch film and see the things we did well and the things we did bad,” Bone said. “The next step is knowing how you have to win — talking to your coaches, talking to your teammates and keeping a positive attitude after losses.”
The Vols’ Saturday night win snapped a three-game losing streak and came in Bone’s fifth game back from the stress fracture in his foot that sidelined him nine games.
“I guess coming off the performance against Vanderbilt you could say the rust has come off,” Bone said, “but I’m still working on my conditioning, just pushing myself every day and work on that.”
Bone talked in the press conference video about needing to improve his defense as well as how Tennessee cut its turnovers down so significantly at Vanderbilt (six) after having 22 in a 10-point loss to South Carolina and 19 in a road loss at Florida the week before.
Tennessee freshman Jordan Bone
Posted by Tennessee Volunteers Insiders on Monday, January 16, 2017