COLLEGE: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
WEIGHT: 250 POUNDS
AGE: 20 YEARS OLD
POSITION: CENTER/POWER FORWARD
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 14.3PTS, 7.3PTS, 1.3AST
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE TEENS TO MID-FIRST ROUND
NBA DRAFT COMPARISON: STEVEN ADAMS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Damian Jones is perhaps the best big-man in the SEC not named Ben Simmons. Jones is an athletic 6’11” PF/C with the potential to be an excellent defender at the NBA level. In my opinion he is one of the better PF/C prospects in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Jones is a very good rebounder on both ends of the floor. He also shows the ability to be a good shot-blocker. These attributes almost always translate to the NBA level because they are plays made on instincts, and Jones shows excellent instincts in rebounding and shot-blocking. He already has the strength needed to play in the NBA, which will only help him come draft time.
At this present moment, Jones is a very weak shooter. He gets most of his points on put-backs, dunks, and little 5-7 foot jump-hook. He rarely takes any shots from beyond the foul lane. Like most big men, he is a weak free-throw shooter. When watching Vanderbilt play it seems that Jones takes plays off as I have seen him be beaten by his man too often for a player with his size and talent.
I have seen Vanderbilt play numerous times the past 2 years, partly because of Wade Baldwin IV, whose high school and college career I have followed closely. During this time I have watched Jones dominate on some occasions and look average on others. I am one particular person who likes Jones more than others. I believe he can be a solid NBA player with the chance to be a starter on the right team. Big-men with his athletic profile usually end up having solid NBA careers.
While he doesn’t offer the offensive potential of Jacob Poeltl and Diamond Stone, in my opinion Jones is a notch below who can carve out a lengthy NBA career as someone who provides good defense, rebounding, and the occasional scoring. NBA teams will always gamble on big-men as there is a dearth of them in the NBA.
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