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Men's Basketball: Behind Jeff Jones's shooting

In a preseason conversation with Jeff Jones, Virginia's junior guard said he thought his three-point percentage this season would be the in the mid-to-high 40 percent range.

This raised my eyebrows, considering Jones's reputation as a shooter was not solidified after he shot 31.4 percent as a freshman and 29 percent as a sophomore.

This season? Just as Jones predicated, he's shooting 45.3 percent. That makes him one of just 73 players in the nation shooting better than 45 percent. (Teammate Sammy Zeglinski has hit 46.9 percent of his three-pointers.)

"I feel more comfortable, in terms of the offense," said Jones, who also said he remembered his preseason pledge. "It's more my style. I'm more comfortable, a year older and a little more aggressive."

Jones follows shooters around the nation and said he believes he's up there with the best. If he had to pick another player, he said Arkansas' Rontei Clark (47.6 percent).

Coach Tony Bennett has compared Jones to former Detroit Piston Vinnie Johnson as a shooter off the bench. It's not a role many expected when Jones arrived at Virginia with considerable hype (he originally committed to Maryland), but he's accepted his current role.

"You have to make sacrifices in order to win," Jones said. "That's what great teams do. I'm always embracing new roles and will do it to the best of my abilities. If they want to be aggressive, I'll be aggressive."

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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