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Terrence Jones: Highlights, Analysis and Pro Projections

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives against Quincy Acy #4 of the Baylor Bears 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 Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 11, 2012

Terrence Jones is a versatile forward who hurt his stock a bit by coming back to school for his sophomore year. He did, however, gain the experience of playing for a national champion as his Kentucky Wildcats won it all. 

The 6'9" Jones is a versatile player, but almost all of his numbers dipped in his second season in Lexington. Much of that can be attributed to the great talent he played with, but he appeared to struggle to find his place at times last year.

He and the rest of the key Wildcats underclassmen made themselves eligible for the NBA draft on April 18.

Here is a scouting report on Jones highlighting his strengths and weaknesses.

(Height, weight and stats per statsheet.com)

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 31:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats puts up a shot over Wayne Blackshear #25 of the Louisville Cardinals during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Mercedes-Benz
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Profile

Height: 6' 9"

Weight: 252 pounds 

School: Kentucky

Date of Birth: January 9, 1992

Best NBA Position: Small Forward

College Stats: (Key Stats Underlined) 12.3 PPG, 29.3 MPG, 50 FG%, 32.7 3FG%, 62.5 FT%, 1.3 APG, 7.2 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 1.3 SPG

 

Skill Grades

Athleticism: B+

Size: A+

Intangibles: B-

Rebounding: A

Ball Handling: A-

Defense: A+

Shooting: A

Passing: B-

Post Game: A

Basketball IQ: B+

Upside: A

 

Strengths

Jones is a beast of a SF physically. He is 6'9" and weighs close to 250 pounds. That size should be an asset to him in the post, and on the defensive end. Jones is a willing and very capable defender. 

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats defends against Royce White #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentu
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His size and mobility allows him to defend both forward spots, and he is disciplined on defense, remaining tall against smaller players. He's also a very good rebounder for a SF. The seven boards per game in college is indicative of the type of output he could produce in the NBA.

He handles the bell pretty well in the open floor, and he has legit NBA three-point range. Jones also has the strength and touch to score on the post. He has a very nice package of skills, and though his numbers dipped last year, he showed he could be unselfish in sharing the load.

Here is an example of Jones at his best:

 

Weaknesses

Jones is not an elite run-and-jump athlete. He is by no means a stiff, but at the SF position you look for a little more bounce ideally. Jones can let his emotions get the best of him on the floor at times, he'll have to watch his reactions after big plays in the NBA.

It's a wonder that he wasn't called for more taunting technicals; he does a lot of posing after dunks. It's not an aspect of the game that drives me crazy, but it can cause silly technicals that hurt a team.

Jones can also work on passing out of the double-team on the low-post. I believe he should play the SF position in the NBA, but because of his strength he's a solid post option. In that situation in college he did not show great vision in finding his teammates.

 

NBA Player Comparison

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 24:  Clifford Robinson #30 of the Detroit Pistons looks on in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Nets during the 2003 NBA Playoffs at Continental Airlines Arena on May 24, 2003 in East Rutherford, N
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Stronger Clifford Robinson

Robinson was a solid player that had great longevity in the NBA because of his versatility on both ends of the floor. In his 18-year NBA career, Robinson averaged 14.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for five teams.

Robinson used his length to make himself a solid defender. He made two NBA All-Defensive teams (1999-00 and 2001-2002), won the Sixth Man of the Year (1992-93) and one All-Star appearance (1994).

Robinson could shoot from the outside, and despite his height he was more comfortable from the perimeter. Jones is similar, but he does bring a bit more power to his game than Robinson did. There biggest similarities are on the defensive end, as Jones has the potential to be the same type of standout defensive player.

 

Draft Projection

Late Lottery to No. 20

 

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