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Calipari has called Jones and fellow freshman Doron Lamb “heroes” for taking a step back offensively, saying their selflessness led to better chemistry. The coach knows the 6-foot-8 Jones considers himself a point guard at heart, and he’s used that to challenge Jones to be more of a facilitator.

“What he’s accepting is, ‘Tell me what you need me to do this game,’” Calipari said.