This guy needs to get some love. He's not even on the "Honorable Mentions" list of Sophomores and he might be the best player on a Top 10 team (Butler, that is).
This guy is a lot like the guard version of Shawn Marion, for those of you who haven't seen him play. He's averaging 10.3 PPG (but 13 in the last 10 games), 5.7 RPG, 3.6 assists, 1.1 Steals, and 52% FG as a mere sophomore, against a fairly competitive schedule. This guy has flirted with triple doubles all year and is very versatile, as a great perimeter defender, a strong rebounding guard, and a strong driver. However, like Marion, he doesn't shoot many jump shots.
I know I'm not doing this guy justice. He's certainly a case where one has to watch him to know how good he is and how much potential hehas. In my opinion, he's almost as vital to Butler's success as Rotnei Clarke. What's your guys' take on him and his draft stock?
He has absolutely no pro potential IMO. He has the ugliest, most effective game at the college level I've seen in quite some time. He's great at overpowering college players off the bounce and that's about it. He's basically a 6'4-6'5 face up college PF with no jumper (and no potential to ever develop one) and no quickness. Imagine Paul Harris without the athleticism. That's Jones.
He's great for the college game though. He's very unique.
I respect most of what you say, but to call him a "Face-up college PF"? He's out there on the perimeter defending the opposing team's best scorer! He's driving the ball frm the outside! I don't know what part of his game implies "Power Forward" except for the volume of his shots that come from in the paint and his physical play, but those are the qualities of a strong slashing 2 or 3 as muchas they are of a power forward.
Yes, he's more of a PF than a SF to me. He and Khyle Marshall are interchangeable as power players IMO. I just don't see any translatable perimeter skill at all. All his shots come 8 feet on down (I've honestly never seen him take a jumper and I've even seen him multiple times in HS at my state's tourney).
At the college level he's successful because he's a mismatch problem. When he's playing PF, which he does a lot, he can take bigs off the dribble. When he plays the other forward position he can carry the small guys into the paint off of drives. Actually, he overpowers both forward positions. Lb for Lb he's one of the strongest players in college.
IMO, he's too slow, unathletic and unskilled to play on the perimeter at any level above college ball.
I like his game for college, but I feel like we'll be seeing him at your local YMCA in a few years.
I love his toughness out on the court he reminds me a little bit of AJ Moye who was a important piece of the Indiana team that lost in the National Championship. He will never be known as a lights out shooter but what he lacks in scoring prowess he more than makes up with his hustle and defense. I dont see him playing at the next level but this kid is built like a brick &$#%#&@! house how about him being the next college basketball player to try the NFL. Maybe TE but really he looks like he would be one hell of a line backer with a lil added weight or even FS