We continue our summer series of recapping the best games of each player from the 2017-18 season. This post we will focus on Yves Pons.
Yves Pons was the only four-star recruit on the Tennessee basketball team last season. According to 247Sports Composite, Pons was the No. 127 prospect and No. 28 small forward from the 2017 class.
Although Pons didn’t give the Vols four-star production, he is still very much a part of the future. It’s hard to put a price on offseason workouts, but we should see a different player next season.
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We aren’t suggesting he had a terrible first year on campus. He only averaged 5.2 minutes per game. However, sometimes, especially on defense he looked a little lost.
Moving forward, Pons should get more playing time and maybe with an offseason under his belt; he will look to score more often.
Just like all the other players so far, we are going to take a look at Pons five best games of last season. Reminder the sample size is low. Note, if he scored, it was one of his best games.
No. 5 – February 24 at Ole Miss
This seems to be a familiar theme among the players. They all had good games against Ole Miss. And, again it was because they sucked. Pons had three points in six minutes. He was 1-for-1 from the three-point line.
No. 4 – January 20 at South Carolina
Another road game, and another game where it took the whole team to win. Everyone knew beating South Carolina on the road was going to be difficult. The Vols squeaked out a 70-63 victory. Pons finished the game with two points and two rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
No. 3 – February 3 vs. Ole Miss
Another game against Ole Miss, the poor Rebels. Pons played ten minutes and scored three points. He hit two three-point shots all season, and both happen to come against the Rebels. He also added two assists and one rebound.
No. 2 – February 27 at Mississippi State
Admiral Schofield must have rubbed off a little on Pons. Schofield had his best games against the Mississippi teams, and it appears so did Pons. In the game against Mississippi State, Pons scored three points in 11 minutes of action. He also dished out one assist and grabbed three rebounds.
No. 1 – November 29 vs. Mercer
Pons best game came against the Mercer Bears on November 29. Tennessee won that game 84-60. Pons scored four points on 2-of-2 shooting. He also added two steals and one block.
Next season Pons should be more involved in the game. His athletic ability alone should let him score six points per game. If he can buy into Rick Barnes, then he will improve just like every other player has.