(Jordan Tyson photo credit: Ryan Lazo)
By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
As The Bona Blog originally reported, St. Bonaventure redshirt freshman center Jordan Tyson is set to return to game action on Saturday when the Bonnies host South Carolina State, according to sources.
The 6-foot-10 Tyson suffered a torn tendon in his wrist shortly before school began in August. At the time, the injury had a six-to-nine month timetable and was rumored to be season-ending. Instead, the Columbus, Ohio native missed just the first eight games, in which the team compiled a 6-2 record despite carrying just eight healthy scholarship players.
Tyson only entered one game last season before suffering a broken jaw in a December practice, so right now it is unclear what Bona is going to get out of him this season. What we do know is that he is the tallest player on the roster and adds depth to the rotation, something coach Mark Schmidt will certainly welcome as the group nears Atlantic 10 play.
Freshman forward Derrick Woods may have done enough to retain the starting position for the time being, but Tyson is going to be a very valuable asset for the brown and white going forward. He’s a big presence down low and is someone Schmidt called an “X-factor” over the summer.
The players that make up Bona’s “big three”- Marcus Posley, Dion Wright and Jaylen Adams- have shown they can take over a ballgame in a hurry and create matchup problems for the opposition. But having three great players isn’t enough to be a serious contender in the A-10; you need solid role players to step up as well to beat the likes of Dayton, Davidson and George Washington. Tyson is another key piece in SBU’s puzzle, and his return gives the team a boost in the post.