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What if Perry Jones waited until 2013 to enter the draft?

Oct 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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Baylor’s Perry Jones surprised everyone by pulling out of the draft last year. He was projected as a lottery pick, and had been ruled ineligible for the end of the season and postseason for improper benefits. (You know, really evil stuff like “a coach loaning his mother money so they wouldn’t lose their house,” stuff like that. Keep on keeping on, NCAA!) But he decided to come back, be it for the love of the college game or simply to avoid the lockout. But in an interview with SLAM, the young man dropped a hint that he could just as easily pass up the pro game another year.

“Being suspended made me want to come back even more because I never got to play in the postseason, and that was something I wanted to experience,” Jones says. “I’m still here, and if things don’t go the way I want to this year, then I’ll come back another year.”

via SLAM ONLINE | » Brand New Jones.

Jones is criticized fairly often by scouts for a variety of things. He lacks a versatile post game. He tends to disappear for long stretches. And, oh, yeah, he’s a defensive sieve. But he’s got all the things you look for physically in a player. Long, athletic, solid movement. It would be really weird if he didn’t enter the draft this year, but at the same time, this is expected to be the best draft class in years. Waiting might put Jones at the top of next year’s class.

Jones is definitely a player to keep an eye on through the year and a prospect saying he might return isn’t huge news. It’s more interesting to consider the conundrum and how different Jones’ career path seems to be from the simple, expected route.

  1. zblott - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Perry Jones will be a bust. He was supposed to be a top-5 pick this year but couldn’t lead Baylor–who didn’t even make the tourney after being ranked 9th six games into the season–in scoring, rebounding, or blocked shots. Worse than that, Jones’ high school and college teams both underperformed expectations (again, were ranked 9th early in the year), which can’t lead NBA fans to think he’ll actually improve a pro team.

  2. 00maltliquor - Oct 9, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    If he waited his sock would plummet big time. Teams tend to lose interest in players who stick around for over 2 years, seemingly because people fall in love with “potential” vs. the actual finished product. Plus I feel like this guy isn’t as good as advertised , and may actually be a bust.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 9, 2011 at 7:47 PM


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