Dominique Jones said goodbye to Tampa on his way to Milwaukee for pre-draft workouts with the Bucks. He was one of six members invited to the Bucks scouting camp. Milwaukee’s scouting director Billy McKinney was on hand to give his impressions of the South Florida star.
“He’s very strong and a good defender. We’ve watched him for a while and he’s a real playmaker. He gets to the basket and I think that’s his strong suit right now, but he shot very well too,” McKinney said.
Jones was just as positive about his workout and seemed extremely positive about his performance during the Milwaukee camp. “I felt it went good. I like the environment and the facilities. I’d love to play for Coach Skiles,” Jones added.
He knows going into the draft these camps can drastically boost his draft grade and help solidify him as a first-round pick. Right now he is seen as a late first early second-round pick. Jones knows improvement now will benefit him later this month.
“People think I can’t shoot and go under screens, but I knocked down a couple of jumpers and showed I’m able to play a combo role,” Jones stated. “ I can play either the one or the two if needed,” he added.
Most people are not aware of the traveling that goes on for these players before the draft. Many players are invited to multiple camps and mini-combines by interested NBA team. Jones is no exception and will travel to at least 18 different sites before the draft.
“I wish the draft was tonight because it’s just traveling, traveling, traveling,” he groaned. “The fun part is getting on the court, everything else is OK, but being on the court is what I do best,” he added.
It will be a transition from college play, but do not expect this former Bull to struggle into his new role. He’s exceeded expectations while at USF and I would not expect anything less in the NBA.