Fresh off winning Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four during Duke’s national championship run, freshman point guard Tyus Jones has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.
Jones was stellar throughout the season for the Blue Devils, averaging 11.8 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 41.7 percent overall and 37.9 percent from three-point range. He wasn’t all that impressive in the Final Four win over Michigan State, but he had a game-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting against Wisconsin in a performance that included numerous clutch shots down the stretch to secure the national title.
Jones probably could have benefited from another year in school, but he’s projected as a first-round pick and his stock is high after the tournament. He’ll likely go in the back third of the first round, although perhaps somebody higher takes a chance on him.
In other draft news, Arkansas’ Bobby Portis declared on Tuesday. Portis was the SEC Player of the Year this season, averaging 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds on the year. He shot a stellar 53.6 percent overall and 46.7 percent from long range.
Long and athletic with good skills, Portis is also projected to be a first-round pick and could be a lottery pick. Many consider him to be one of the safer picks in the draft, although he may not have as much upside as other players.