Torren Jones is back for Mizzou after a strong finish to his freshman season.
July 22, 2014
By R.J. Layton, Mizzou Student-Assistant
A fan favorite, Torren Jones returns for his sophomore season at Mizzou after a strong finish to his rookie campaign in 2013-14. A native of Arizona, Jones topped double figures in minutes played in 10 of his final 11 games, including a career high 22 minutes in the National Invitation Tournament finale vs. Southern Miss. Jones also scored a career high eight points in wins against Tennessee and Mississippi State and grabbed a career high 11 boards at Auburn.
Q: Describe your freshman season and how it helped shape the player you are this summer.
TJ: "I think my freshman season was good. It started off kind of rough like most freshmen, but towards the middle and end of the season I picked it up and found my place. I found out what my role was at Mizzou."
Q: What about Mizzou drew you here? Why Mizzou over other offers?
TJ: "The close-knit city and the coaching staff was really what I liked about Mizzou. It's a great college town with a lot of fan support for every sport and I like that."
Q: How did getting major minutes down the stretch prepare you for the future as a Tiger?
TJ: "It let me know I'm needed out there on the court. It helped me understand I have an important role and that I'm counted on to play important minutes."
Q: What's been your impression of Kim Anderson and the rest of the coaching staff?
TJ: "Coach Kim is cool and laid back, but he will still get on you. He is really big on defense. He is not really a yeller, but he gets his point across. I knew Coach (Rob) Fulford in prep school so we go way back."
Q: How do you plan on making an impact with the younger guys on the team?
TJ: "Just encourage them to keep playing hard, do what coach asks, and don't try to do too much. Only worry about what you can control and that's your attitude and effort."
Q: What skills are you working on improving this summer?
TJ: "I've been working on the jump hook, over my right and left shoulders. I have also been working on my jump shot."
Q: What do you plan on bringing to the table for the 2014-15 season?
TJ: "Energy, rebounding, blocking shots and running the floor. I learned there is big value in guys that will bring those traits to a program."
Q: After basketball, what do you want do in the future?
TJ: "I want to do sports management and stay within the game of basketball whether it's in coaching or in an athletic department."
Q: What do you hope to accomplish next year and the rest of your career on the court as a Tiger?
TJ: "I want to get back to the NCAA tournament and compete for titles in the SEC. I'm more focused on the team goals, but I would like to average 10 rebounds a game."
Q: Last season you threw down some ferocious dunks? What can Mizzou fans expect next season from you in that department?
TJ: "Just like last year, but hopefully many more."
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