Samajae Haynes-Jones is team's "x-factor"

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Samajae Haynes-Jones is recovering well from his undisclosed stomach issues, and his resurgence is coming at the perfect time.

Haynes-Jones scored a game-high 27 points Tuesday night against Arkansas State, his second-highest performance of the year. He put up a career-high 31 points against Savannah State November 28th.

Assistant Coach Isaac Brown said he thinks he's capable of producing on a nightly basis.

"I think he can be a solid contributor, a guy that can play 20-plus minutes, a guy that can make threes, a guy that can create stuff for others, a guy that probably won't turn the ball over for others, so I think we'll get a lot of solid play from him going into the conference," he said.

Not only is he a contributor, but Brown said the Wichita East grad was the most competitive player on the court this preseason. However, his stomach issue and other injuries held him back.

"We had a couple of practices and he was probably the most dominant guy in the practices, but he could just never really get it going in the games," he said. "Now that he has [his stomach] under control, he's going to help us a lot. He brings something that nobody else on our team has, which is another gear."

Wichita State hosts Florida Gulf Coast for the final non-conference game Friday at 6:00. That game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.

The Shockers open up conference play on the road December 30th against UConn, and host their conference home opener January 4th against Houston.