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Perry Jones III: Highlights, Analysis and Pro Projections

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Perry Jones III #1 of the Baylor Bears celebrates in the first half against the Xavier Musketeers during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 11, 2012

Perry Jones III is one of the most talented players in the NBA draft, but some feel he has underachieved.

The 6'11" forward helped lead the Baylor Bears to a 30-8 record and an Elite Eight appearance this past season, but his critics were looking for more.

PJ3 decided to bypass his final two years at Baylor and made himself eligible for the NBA draft on April 10. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season.

He has the ability to play three positions, but in the NBA his best position is small forward. I believe playing out of position is the biggest reason we didn't see a more dominant PJ3 in college.

Here is a scouting report on Jones III that highlights his strengths and weaknesses.

(Height, weight and stats per statsheet.com)

 

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Perry Jones III #1 of the Baylor Bears dunks against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Image
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Profile:

Height: 6'11" 

Weight: 235 pounds 

School: Baylor

Date of Birth: September 24, 1991

Best NBA Position: Small Forward

College Stats: (Key Stats Underlined) 13.5 PPG, 30.7 MPG, 50 FG%, 30.3 3FG%, 69.6 FT%, 1.3 APG, 7.6 RPG, 0.6 BPG, 0.8 SPG

 

Skill Grades:

Athleticism - A

Size - A+

Intangibles - B-

Rebounding - B

Ball Handling - A

Defense - B

Shooting - A-

Passing - B+

Post Game - B

Basketball IQ - B+

Upside - A+

 

Strengths:

PJ3 handles the ball like a guard, but at 6'11" he has the size to play power forward. Therein lies the problem, he is a perimeter player that was thrown into a post position at Baylor. If he is allowed to be a perimeter player, he'll be at his best in the NBA.

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 28:  Perry Jones III #1 of the Baylor Bears makes the slam dunk against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at American Airlines Center on December 28, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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He has a nice first step, good leaping ability and good vision. He has range out to the three-point line, but he needs to be more consistent there.

His combination of size, skills and athleticism is rare, and he could be a nightly matchup problem for opponents if used properly. As far as his physical ceiling goes, he is as skilled as any player in the draft, but he needs the right situation.

Take a look at the versatile PJ3 in action in this highlight reel:

 

Weaknesses:

This kid is not a No. 1 option, he is much more comfortable in a supportive role. Because of his size and immense talent, critics expect him to be the take-over-a-game type.

That simply doesn't appear to be in his mental makeup.

With that said, it doesn't mean he has no value. Every team needs a player that has tremendous versatility and plays off a superstar, that is who Jones III is. 

As a SF, his rebounding would be fine, but as a PF he doesn't crash the boards like an ideal 4-man. He has solid footwork in the post, but he needs to get a little stronger to establish and maintain position. 

At times, he can be neutralised by stronger defenders. But again, as a perimeter player, some of these issues won't be exposed.

 

NBA Player Comparison: 

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket as he is guarded by Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks from behind in the second quarter in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs
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Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom is one of the most talented players in the NBA, but he isn't a true No. 1 option. He always put up nice numbers before joining the Lakers and Kobe Bryant, but in LA he found his comfort zone.

In his 12-year-career, Odom has averaged 14 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, and has demonstrated amazing versatility for a man that stands 6'10". He has also been called an underachiever, and had his desire questioned.

The similarities between Jones III and Odom are there both in the physical and intangibly. But if Jones III can find a spot that allows him to play the type of role Odom played in LA, you'll see the best of PJ3.

 

Draft Projection:

From No. 8 to No. 15

 

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