Kevin Jones Can Be a 1st-Round Draft Pick

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIMay 9, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - JANUARY 7:  Kevin Jones #42 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates a win after a college basketball game against the Georgetown Hoyas on January 7, 2012 at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.  The Mountaineers won 74.62.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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West Virginia forward Kevin Jones had a remarkable senior season as a Mountaineer in the most competitive conference in college basketball.  Jones was on many watch lists for National Player of the Year.  After all, he is one of two players to score over 1,800 points and 1,000 rebounds in WVU history. 

Jones could have declared for the NBA draft after his junior year.  It's a good thing he did not.  His senior year was strong as he averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds.  He was not awarded the Big East Player of the Year award, but was the likely favorite throughout the season.

On June 28, Jones could have a chance of being drafted in the first round.  He has some experience with NBA teams in the past and has done some workouts. 

One thing Mountaineer fans have learned about Jones is his work ethic.  He still frequently lifts in the weight room If Jones doesn't get a first-round selection, chances are he will go high second round. 

Jones averaged 13 points and seven rebounds in his junior year at WVU.  Jones improved on his aggressive play in his senior year, especially on the glass.  He was a major factor in helping the Mountaineers earn a selection in the NCAA tournament after a very inconsistent season.  Jones had to lead a team full of freshmen as well.

Jones has the work ethic and scoring ability to make it in the NBA.  He is a very good offensive rebounder, and can hit the long-range jump shot.  Many teams can benefit from a guy like Jones and his willingness to be coached. 

When June 28 arrives, don't be surprised to see Kevin Jones be a late first-round draft pick.  Perhaps a Bruce Irvin-type of story.