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Prospect Profile

Perry Jones III

  • Full Name: Perry Jones III
  • Position: Small Forward / Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-11 / 235
  • Birthdate: September 24, 1991
  • College: Baylor
Oklahoma City Thunder Round 1: Pick 28

Video: Draft Combine workout

* Great run/jump athlete
* Extremely long
* Inside-outside offensive game
* Can play several positions
* Good rebounder
* Solid shot blocker

* Needs to get stronger
* Some scouts question his motor
* Still developing and learning the game

NBA projection:
Jones is going to be a lottery pick. Some scouts are concerned whether Jones plays with enough passion and consistency. Others believe he was miscast in college — an opinion even the Baylor coaching staff shares — and is better suited to play shooting guard or small forward at the next level. No one denies that he’s got immense physical skills and rare gifts, including the ability to score inside or on the perimeter. Those kinds of players don’t show up often.

2011-12 Season:
Jones averaged nearly 14 points and eight rebounds and led his team to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and still drew a raft of criticism because some people believe he doesn’t play hard all the time. Jones was just a second-team All-Big 12 pick by the media and third team by the league’s coaches, but he also played on a deep and balanced team and didn’t have to try and dominate games.

Key statistics:
13.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 tpg, 0.8 spg, 0.6 bpg, 30.7 mpg, .500 FG, .696 FT, .303 3PT

Cool statistic:
In games where Jones made a 3-pointer, he averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds. In games he didn’t make a 3, he averaged 12 points and six boards.

Reminds me of:
Anthony Randolph

What Insiders Say:
Baylor coach Scott Drew
"The NBA projects him high. The reason they project him high is because they know at 25, you've got an NBA All‑Star potentially, multiple year All‑Star. But right now Perry's not anywhere where he will be because mentally, physically, he's a late bloomer in his game."

Baylor assistant coach Jerome Tang
"The way he’s going to play and how they’re going to play him in the NBA is different than how we needed him to play or maybe even in hindsight of how we should have played him."

What Outsiders Say:
Kentucky coach John Calipari
"It takes big guys a little longer than it does [guards to develop]. He is a terrific player. I will say if you listen to all of it [criticism], it screws you up. Don't read it. Don't listen to it. Don't deal with it. Be your own cheerleader. And then, if you're working at it, he's fine."

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


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