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Prospect Profile

Kevin Jones

  • Full Name: Kevin Jones
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 250
  • Birthdate: August 25, 1989
  • College: West Virginia
 

Strengths:
*Big-time competitor
*Great rebounder, especially on the offensive glass
*Can make face-up jumpers and has 3-point range
*7-foot-4 wingspan

Weaknesses:
*What’s his position?
*Not an explosive athlete

NBA projection:
Most mock drafts have Jones going in the late first round or early second round. Whatever team ends up with Jones will be getting a tough competitor who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. He’s a great rebounder, especially on the offensive end, where he made a tidy living in college, cleaning up misses and collecting easy baskets. Defensively, his 7-4 wingspan helps make up for the fact he’s a tweener and doesn’t have prototypical size for either forward spot. But he can play either forward spot.

2011-12 Season:
Jones averaged a double-double in leading West Virginia to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. He earned a spot on several All-America teams, including the USBWA, the NABC and The Sporting News.

Key statistics:
19.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 tpg, 0.7 spg, 1.0 bpg, 38.3 mpg, .509 FG, .266 3PT, .780 FT

Cool statistic:
This season Jones became the first West Virginia player since Wil Robinson in 1972 to score 20 or more points in nine consecutive games.

Reminds me of:
Chuck Hayes

What Insiders Say:
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins
“K.J. is not going to force things. He's not going to take bad shots. And he kind of lets the game come to him. Really, when you look at it, a lot of what he does is off the offensive glass.”

What Outsiders Say:
Gonzaga coach Mark Few
“You have to have a real attention to detail [when guarding Jones]. You have to have a big‑time attention to detail because this kid's just got a nose for the ball. He really has a great understanding of what shots are getting ready to go up. He sets up shop in there and he does a great job of finding the ball. He's just very interesting to watch on film, to see how opportunistic he is offensive rebound‑wise.”
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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