If you’ve been reading us lately, seeing us go on about South Florida’s Dominique Jones as a nice draft sleeper that should be available to Portland at pick No. 22, thinking, “Who is this strange fellow they speak fondly of,” then Mike Prada of Bullets Forever has your answer. Jones was recently in Washington for a draft workout, and Prada writes of both Jones’ confidence level and the trouble finding a good fit for him in the NBA, as Jones has the talent of a lottery pick but never played with comparable teammates.
Here’s a guy that had to do everything for a horrendous South Florida team to even have a chance at winning games. He was double-teamed like crazy and forced to shoot so many bad shots to bail out his team when nobody else could get open. He couldn’t play off the ball because his team didn’t have anyone who could deliver him shots. He had to play defense at a high level because nobody else on his team could. In short, he was significantly better than his teammates. And yet, despite all those things working against him, he nearly led South Florida to an improbable NCAA Tournament berth. It’s safe to say very few prospects can say they accomplished as much as Dominique Jones did last year.
Give the whole piece a read for all the pros and cons of drafting Jones. He comes across as a little Jerryd Bayless-ian, and depending on who you think of Bayless, that could be a good or bad thing. Either way, Jones will probably be one of the better pure talents on the board in the final third of the first round, but might be on his way up with more positive workouts.