ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep wrote a blog on Perry Jones a few weeks ago, saying he’s not the player most expect him to be.
Throughout Jones’ basketball career — at least since high school — he’s been the kid with the expectations. Every now and then he’d hang 25 and 10 blocks in an AAU game just to let you know he was capable of doing it. However, he never struck me as a guy who was committed to doing it each time out or even wanted to do it at that level. I’ve always believed that his personality was that of a supporting actor, not a leading man.
Telep makes a great point about Jones’ personality. He does not have a killer mentality. Kevin Garnett has all of the same tools as Jones but when you watch Garnett play, you see that superstar DNA and intangibles immediately. That side of Jones has yet to be seen.
Fans and critics should try to ease on the criticism of all three of these guys. The expectations set upon each are nearly impossible to reach. None of these guys are likely to push their squads deep in March or be the face of an NBA franchise. The viewers have to adjust expectations and look at what they are right now and not what they could be. It is frustrating to us mere humans to see a player standing at 6-11 with all of the tools of an NBA player struggle on the college basketball scene, but none of these guys are quite at the point in their development where they are capable of accomplishing much.
We know that an NBA team is going to take a chance on each of these guys and it is likely going to be pretty high in the draft. It is also quite possible that all three will be labeled “busts” because of the high expectations following them.
At this point, the best thing for Jones, Drummond and Leonard would be for their draft stock to fall. Just look at DeAndre Jordan. He had a great deal of hype going to Texas A&M and fell to the second round for the Clippers after a mediocre freshman year. Now he is the starting center for a good NBA team. There are numerous factors that helped Jordan get to this point (Chris Paul being traded to Los Angeles certainly did not hurt) and perhaps if Jordan had landed on a different team, he would have been a bust.
At the end of the day, all three have a great deal of potential as well as a plethora of question marks surrounding them. The key when looking at these three is to look at what they are right now, not at what they could be.
Which of these three do you think should go highest in the draft?
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