Tre
Jones
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 190 lbs
School/Club: Duke
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 01/08/2000

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About Tre Jones

Tre Jones is a gifted defensive point guard who made considerable strides on the offensive end as the leader of a young Duke team in his sophomore season.   The younger brother of Tyus Jones who was selected 24th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, he emerged as a prospect early in his career averaging 4.6 points 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 3.7 steals per game at the 2015 FIBA U16 Americas Championship.  Making appearances at the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit following his senior year at Apple Valley High School (MN), Jones was widely regarded as one of the top-12 prospects in the high school class of 2018.  Joining 2019 lottery picks Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish at Duke, Jones played a complementary role in his first season under Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, but impacted winning with his play defensively to earn a spot on the ACC All-Defensive Team. 

Returning to Durham for his sophomore year, he slid into a more substantial offensive role averaging 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game to earn ACC Player of the Year honors.

  • Standing 6-foot-3 with a solid 190-pound frame and a 6-foot-4 wingspan, Jones has solid size for a point guard to go along with good quickness.
     
  • A competitive, unselfish player, Jones had to take on significant scoring responsibilities this season after ranking among the more efficient passers in the country last season.  Proving to be a willing distributor keeping the ball moving in impressive fashion and setting the table for others, he had some ups and downs looking for his own offense in his first season carrying a significant scoring burden.  Scoring opportunistically in the open floor but often leaning heavily on his midrange game when creating off the dribble, Jones did not shy away from a leadership role as a sophomore and came through in several key moments.
     
  • Bringing energy and instincts to the defensive end, Jones is a pesky on ball defender who showed the ability to really muck things up for opposing offenses for stretches.  Covering a lot of ground, chipping in on the glass, and making some hustle plays, he is not the biggest guard, but was one of the best defenders in college basketball each of the last two seasons.

Defensive Analysis

  • A disruptive defender who will pick up the length of the court and find ways to be pesky on and off the ball, Jones shined at the college level.  He is not particularly long but has tremendous instincts and a good motor.  Allowing 0.66 points per Isolation possession [64th percentile], he often forced opposing scorers to defer altogether.
     
  • Active on the glass and doing a lot of little things, Jones has room to get stronger to help him hold his own at the next level. 


Career Highlights

  • 2019-20 ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Finalist for the 2019-20 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year and Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Named to the 2018-19 ACC All-Freshman Team and All-Defensive Team.
  • Ranks third on Duke’s all-time list in assists average (5.8) and fifth in steals average (1.83).


Sophomore (2019-20)

  • Averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.76 steals.
  • Ranked fifth in the ACC in scoring, second in assists and sixth in steals.
  • Earned AP All-America Third Team honors.
  • Top-15 finalist for the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year and one of 25 players selected to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team.
  • Scored 28 points vs. North Carolina, including a jumper as time expired to send the game to overtime (Feb. 8).
  • Helped the Blue Devils to a 26-5 overall record and 15-5 mark in the ACC.


Strengths

  • Elite on-ball defender.
  • Careful ball handler who makes good decisions.
  • Has a great feel for finding open teammates.
  • Natural leader from the point guard position.


Personal

  • Younger brother of Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones, who led Duke to the 2015 NCAA title and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Quotable

“He’s a treasure. He was as competitive as anyone in the country. He not only developed offensively, but he developed his leadership skills. He is a joy, just a joy, and was so deserving of the honors that he received.”

-Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski