Why do so many people think that Jones will come back? What does he have to prove? He’s a big 6’5" guard that can play in the league right now. How can he pass up the kind of money that he should get in the NBA Draft? Obviously he would help our team have a chance to be highly rated, but he has a bright future in the League.
I’m guessing the NBA scouts say he is a very nice college player, but his lack of athleticism means he won’t get the same shots in The League. He can play several years in the NBA…as a role player. He needs to come back and help lead this team to great heights next year.
Oh he outplayed Edwards. I swear, if I had a nickel for every time I saw Edwards extend his arm on a defender to fend them off or push them off, I’d have a dollar easily based on this game. Jones is real bad about pushing off to, but that guy was terrible.
To much risk in leaving college early unless you get a first round evaluation, once you decide to go and hire an agent there are no do overs.
IMHO, both will get at best a middle to late 2nd round evaluation and will return next season.
Regarding Jones, unless he is thinking more about getting a degree than a basketball career, I don’t see why anyone would advise him to come back next year.
I don’t see him improving his value, whether it is NBA draft, or G League or overseas. There is a better chance of his value getting less if he doesn’t lead SEC again next year in scoring. If NBA does not want him now, don’t think he can do anything more to make NBA want him next year. He is a finished product now.
Regarding Joe, if he is projected to go in the second round (think that will be the case if he finishes this year without further injury), having had an injury this year, could he decide not to risk any further injury next year and lower his value?