Jordan Bone Declares for 2019 NBA Draft; Won't Return to Tennessee

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 3, 2019

Tennessee's Jordan Bone sets up a play in the first half during a second round men's college basketball game against Iowa in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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After wrapping up a successful junior year at Tennessee, Jordan Bone is ready to challenge himself against professional competition. 

Per 247Sports' Evan Daniels, Bone announced he will enter the 2019 NBA draft. 

"I feel like over these past three years that I have put myself in a good position to test the waters," Bone said. "I'm a junior now so they have the rule where you can test the waters and come back if need be but honestly I feel like I have proven myself to be one of the better point guards in the country."

Bone added "there is always a chance" he could return to the Volunteers, but he doesn't see it happening unless something drastic changes during the predraft process. 

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance and not many people can say that they're in the position," he said. "I'm extremely blessed to be in my position, but if the opportunity is there to take, then I'm going to take it."

Per 247Sports' Jordan James, national college basketball analyst Jerry Meyer believes Bone is being underrated as an NBA prospect. 

"I think Jordan is a first-round pick," Meyer said. "In my opinion I think he's that talented. I think he's a guy that you can throw out there, and no one's going to stop Russell Westbrook let's say, but [Bone] has the athleticism, the size, the physicality to hang with a guy like [Westbrook]."

B/R's Jonathan Wasserman didn't include Bone on among the top 75 draft-eligible prospects on his most recent big board.

The 2018-19 season was Bone's best at Tennessee. He averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field to help the Vols advance to the Sweet 16. 

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