Jones doesn't have a dominant personality 

January, 27, 2012
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A lot has been made of Baylor's Perry Jones and his sub-par performance against Missouri last week. When it comes to Jones, it seems like everyone -- and rightfully so -- has a level of expectation for him that outweighs his production on the floor. Look at the guy. He’s the Lexus that’s in great shape sitting on the used car lot at a Ford dealership. Whether he’s at Baylor or in the NBA, he’s going to have the best body of the bigs on the floor. That’s just how it is. With his size and athletic ability, come the spotlight and the weight of expectations.

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezBaylor's Perry Jones III is unmatched in talent, leading the Bears in scoring.
Allow me to offer up my take. Perry Jones isn’t completely comfortable with being the leading man. It’s not in his personality to be a dominant, nasty performer. He’s a humble kid, a kind spirit and from my dealings with him, just an all-around nice guy. Does that mean he’s soft? Nope. It simply means his personality doesn’t match his size and talent level.

Throughout Jones’ basketball career -- at least since high school -- he’s been the kid with the expectations. Every now and then he’d hang 25 and 10 blocks in an AAU game just to let you know he was capable of doing it. However, he never struck me as a guy who was committed to doing it each time out or even wanted to do it at that level. I’ve always believed that his personality was that of a supporting actor, not a leading man. Flashback to the McDonald’s game his senior year. He took just four shots, played 15 minutes and didn’t have a single rebound or block in a game where 211 points were scored.

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