Duke haters, I’m sorry, but a Blue Devils star could be heading to Denver, according to one mock draft.
Tre Jones — 20-year-old, 6-foot-3 guard — is projected as the Nuggets’ pick at No. 21, according to NBC Sports’ latest NBA mock draft.
“Jones is a really good passer, a terrific defender and the kind of point guard that checks all the cliche boxes about being a winner, a leader and a facilitator,” NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster writes. “He was the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. His box score numbers were impressive, and his impact on basketball games goes well beyond the box score.”
Jones averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 assists as a sophomore last season for Duke.
As for his potential, Dauster writes: “If Jones never gets any better, if this is who he is for the rest of his basketball career, he’s a backup point guard in the league until he doesn’t want to play anymore. If he continues to develop his shot, however, he could end up being a starting point guard.”
For the No. 1 overall pick, Golden State is projected to go with Memphis center James Wiseman. Colorado forward Tyler Bey is slated to go to the Nets at No. 20.
— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post
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