As the NBA draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Duke point guard Tyus Jones.
Position: Point guard
High school: Apple Valley, Minn.
ALL-USA history: Named to 2014 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Second Team. Averaged 25.6 points and 8.1 assists as a senior and was a five-year letterwinner in high school. Posted seven points and 10 assists in McDonald’s All-American game.
Height, weight: 6-1, 190 pounds
By the numbers: Put up 11.8 points per game and dished out 5.6 assists on his way to being named the Final Four MVP in Duke’s National Championship run.
Draft positives: Jones is the perfect fit for an already established winning team. He does all of the little things well from accurate passing to splitting screens. He can run on the transition and make plays, but he’s just as good at slowing down and using a half-court offense. Jones also has extreme mental toughness. He’s not afraid to take big shots, and he always trusts his teammates to do the same. He fits the bill for a team with a lot of scorers, and will be taken ahead of Payne if the situation plays out that way.
Draft negatives: Jones is nowhere near the prolific scorer that Payne is. Although not afraid to take big shots, he is not on sharp-shooter level. His floater and hesitation game are good, but he will need to perfect them if he wants to cover-up his physical disadvantage at the NBA level. Jones will make a good team very happy, but may not completely blossom without a great supporting cast around him.
Projection: Late first round
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