2020 NBA Draft Profile: Tre Jones
6’53 | PG | 20.3 | Duke | SO
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 6’3 with a solid 190-pound frame and a 6’4 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.
- Serving as Duke’s primary perimeter option and shot creator, Jones’s role as a sophomore looked little like the one he filled as a freshman. Creating extensively for himself and others, he continued to make sound decisions as a distributor, but his scoring ability was tested in a major way.
- Doing much of his best work in transition, Jones always looks to hit ahead when possible and scored a solid 1.02 points per transition possession [93rd percentile]. He seldom turned the ball over looking to push tempo and actually finished well inside, but nearly half of his shots in the open court came away from the rim.
- In the half court, Jones played primarily on the ball with almost half of his possessions coming on ball screens or isos. With over half of his shot attempts coming on floaters or midrange jump shots, he made an effort to take what opposing defenses gave him as the Blue Devils’ only especially prolific shot creator away from the rim. Scoring 0.83 points per floater [66th percentile], Jones showed some craftiness, and averaged 0.76 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [50th percentile] as his form is sound even if he is still working to expand his range.
- Though only 18% of his shots in the half court came on spot up jump shots, he scored an encouraging 1.18 points per catch and shoot jumper [82nd percentile].
- Able to focus on facilitating as a freshman more than he could as a sophomore, Jones nonetheless passed the ball with great efficiency in both of his collegiate seasons. He was not especially explosive as a slasher or prolific creating out of the pick and roll, but made the smart play consistently, took care of the ball, fed the post well, and occasionally threaded the needle in transition.
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- Ranked 1st in the ACC in transition scoring (4.3 ppg)
- Ranked 4th in the ACC in isolation scoring (1.8 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the ACC in points created by passes out of the pick and roll (6.0 ppg)
- 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.