As the 2020 NBA Draft approaches, we look into one of the incoming rookies.
Tre Isiah Jones is a 6 feet 3 inches point guard from Duke University. He is one of the projected players to get picked in the 2020 NBA Draft. Tre Jones is familiar with NBA basketball as his brother, Tyus Jones is a role player for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. His second brother, Jadee played college basketball for Furman before being a basketball coach at Apple Valley High School.
Tre began his high school basketball for Apple Valley High School, in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He was a member of the varsity squad in eighth grade and became a starter in his next season. Tre led Apple Valley to two Minnesota 4A state titles, in 2015 and 2017. He averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in his 2016-2017 season. He was a two-time Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year and earned McDonald’s All-American and Minnesota Mr Basketball honours after his senior season.
He also represented USA at the 2015 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship in Argentina, winning the gold medal. He recorded 19 steals in a match, breaking the American Under-16 record set by Malik Newman in 2013.
On 23rd August 2017, Jones committed to play for the Duke Blue Devils. In his freshman season at Duke, he averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 36 games, in a team filled with stars like Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish.
In his sophomore season at Duke, he averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 assists 4.2 rebounds with 1.8 steals per game. At the conclusion of the regular season, Jones was named the ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He decided to declare for the NBA Draft, at the conclusion of the regular season.
According to analysts, he brings great energy on the defensive end. Allowing only 0.66 points per isolation possession (64th percentile). He is compared to NBA players like Jarrett Jack and his own brother Tyus Jones. He is projected to get picked anywhere in the late 1st round of the Draft.