Athlete of the Week: Roosevelt Jones

Roosevelt Jones
Butler's Roosevelt Jones (21) grabs his leg after going down during the second half of an NCAA tournament second round college basketball game against Texas, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — This week’s athlete is one that you might have heard of. Junior Roosevelt Jones led the Butler Bulldogs to the top of the Big East and to the NCAA tournament this season.

Jones scored 23 points against Notre Dame, taking over the game at many points. He did all this on a sprained knee that he suffered against Texas in the opening round game.

Before the game, Jones knew he wasn’t 100 percent.

“I am a little limited,” Jones said going into Saturdays game with a sprained knee. “I am going to wear a brace and that seems to help.”

Evidently the brace did help, he made five of his first eight shots for 15 first half points. That was more than half of Butler’s 29 point total.

Kellan Dunham was impressed by his teammate’s performance.

“Unbelievable, I haven’t played with a tougher guy in my life and I am so blessed to be able to play with him every day” Butler guard Kellan Dunham said about his teammate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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