DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Philadelphia 76ers
About Jordan Bone
Jordan Bone ranked among the most improved point guards in the country this season beginning to find ways to utilize his athleticism to make a more consistent impact on the offensive end. Widely regarded as a top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2016 coming out of the Ensworth School, Bone started the majority of the games he appeared in over his first two seasons at Tennessee but really came into his own as a junior. Averaging 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game for one of the best teams in college basketball, the Nashville native earned All-SEC 2nd Team honors coming up big on several notable occasions for Rick Barnes’s Volunteers.
Has nice size for a point guard measured at 6’2.75 in shoes with an average 6’3.25 wingspan and a 179-pound frame at the NBA Combine, but plays a bit bigger ranking as the best all-around athlete in this draft class on paper. Registered a Combine best 36” no-step vertical leap, 9.97 second lane agility time, 2.78 shuttle run, and 3.03 three-quarter court sprint.
Served as an playmaker and x-factor for a talented Tennessee team. Primarily handled pressure and facilitated within Tennessee’s sets, but also used his combination of speed and quickness to spark the break and make plays for others in the half court. Proved to be a capable set shooter within Rick Barnes’s offense, but added a dimension to the Volunteers attack when he was making pull-up jump shots out of ball screen actions.
Solid defender at the point guard position. Does not produce a ton of steals, but pressures the ball nicely using his athleticism. Has some small things to clean up off the ball, but plays with consistent intensity.
Does not give up much space as a one-on-one defender, but could be more physical against bigger guards.
- 2018-19 All-SEC Second Team selection by the AP and SEC coaches as a Junior.
- One of 10 finalists for the 2018-19 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard.
- Posted the best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.72 to 1) in school history, surpassing Jon Higgins’ record of 2.20 to 1.
- Finished 26th in the country and second in the SEC in assists (5.8 apg).
- Nearly doubled his scoring average (13.5 ppg) from the previous season (7.3 ppg).
- Led the SEC and was 13th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9 to 1).
- Joined Tyrone Beaman (1982-83) and Rodney Woods (1974- 75) as the third Vol to have three point-assist double-doubles in a season.
- Scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field (5-of-5 on threes) in a win over No. 4 Kentucky (March 2).
- Athletic lead guard with a solid feel for the game.
- Has outstanding end-to-end speed.
- Limits mistakes as a ball handler.
- Has improved considerably as a shooter.
- Brother, Josh, also played at Tennessee as well as professionally overseas.
- Father, Joshua Sr., a sheriff's deputy, played basketball at Berry College.