"This is only a guess," says Keady, who last summer picked Jones for the U.S. team that won the gold at the World University Games. "I think flying makes Tony a little more organized. You have to make a flight plan. You can't miscalculate speed or altitude."
Still, Keady hasn't flown with his floor pilot, but not for lack of confidence. "Sure, I would go up with him," says Keady.
Jones has flown solo to Grand Rapids, Mich.; Ottumwa, Iowa; Champaign, Ill.; and the Indiana cities of Muncie, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne and Bloomington, On the return trip from Bloomington, the weather was so cloudy that he had to radio Grissom Air Force Base to regain his bearings. "I wasn't lost," says Jones, "but I wasn't seeing Lafayette, either. I should have used my flight plan. I had one, but I got overconfident, I guess."
And that's as much a no-no for pilots as it is for point guards.
Guillermo Myers, a 6'8" center at Texas, is the only Division I player from strife-torn Panama. In the wee hours of the morning on Dec. 21, Myers learned of the invasion by U.S. troops. It was 3:15 p.m. before he learned that all of his relatives were fine but barricaded in their homes. That night, Myers, still understandably upset, played 16 minutes but did not score in the Longhorns' 98-74 home court victory over VMI. After the game, he was taken from the arena by assistant coach Vic Trilli and shielded from the media.... Baptist College took a 6-3 lead over Alabama in Tuscaloosa but failed to score the rest of the half. The Buccaneers trailed 32-6 at intermission en route to a 63-32 defeat. Asked about the drought, Baptist coach Gary Edwards said, "We did not shoot very well." Thanks, Sherlock.