Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones turning pro

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Updated: April 15, 2015
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After spending one season at Duke, and winning a national championship, freshman point guard Tyus Jones has decided to enter the NBA draft.

He averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this past season, and played an essential role in Duke’s NCAA tournament run.

Jones led the team in scoring against Wisconsin in the title game, as he dropped 23 points and grabbed five rebounds to help secure the victory for the Blue Devils.

He proved to have the “clutch gene” in certain games, and there were also times where Jones was the best player on the floor for Duke.

Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow, both freshmen, have also entered their names in the upcoming draft. Those two are projected to be top-10 picks, while Jones is expected to be taken somewhere near the mid first-round area. DraftExpress.com has Jones going 21st overall to the Dallas Mavericks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jones sneaks his way into the lottery.

He is a tough-minded point guard who sees the court well, can shoot from the outside and attack the basket relentlessly. Jones is arguably the third best point guard entering the draft, after Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell. Jerian Grant is another point guard who will be an early-to-mid first-round selection.

It may have benefited Jones to return for at least one more season, but there were probably agents and others making the case that his stock couldn’t be any higher than it is now — which has some truth to it. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the national championship game, and it would be difficult to outdo what he accomplished in his freshman season.

So, for Duke, they lose four starters from last year’s team, in Okafor, Winslow, Jones and Quinn Cook, as rising sophomore Grayson Allen may now become the focal point of their offense. Incoming freshmen Chase Jeter, who’s a 6-foot-10, five-star recruit, and Luke Kennard will be called upon to make an immediate impact next season.

 

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Josiah Turner

Josiah Turner

Josiah is the founder and editor-in-chief at Sideline Sports Report. He is a writer for ESPN, and has written for Rant Sports and FanSided covering the Washington Redskins. He's also covered high school basketball for Virginia Preps (Rivals.com). Josiah is from Chesapeake, VA and a college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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