Perry Jones III
Power Forward/Center, Baylor (2 years) Official Measurements from NBA Combine in Chicago
Height (with shoes): 6'11.25"
Weight: 234 lbs.
The words “talented” and “potential” are used a lot, especially when trying to evaluate a player’s skill set. The debate of whether the potential meets or exceeds production is always waged to truly define one’s value on the big board. Such is the case in Perry Jones quest to the NBA stage.
Scouts have ranted and raved about his elite leaping ability ( monster dunks and defensive presence) and his natural scoring ability from any part of the floor. Jones is touted for his long and lanky stature, yet more impressive is his ball handling skills for big man. He is known in some circles as the second coming of Kevin Garnett. Last year in Waco he averaged 14 PPG, 7.7 RPG, and 1.3 APG for an explosively athletic Baylor squad.
All praise however is quickly challenged by a nonchalant perception during games. Jones has been passive and more focused on team ball versus being able to dominate the game alone. Thus, his talent/potential versus his production will cause teams to look at him more critically, affecting his position on the board. Recent reports claim to have uncovered a undisclosed knee injury which could also further hamper his stock and production. If healthy and refocused, good coaching and leadership could help him work on living up to the astronomically high expectations of even being mentioned in the same breath as KG.
Look for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets to be primary teams targeting him in the first round; if there is any truth to the reports about his knees he could slip down closer to 2nd round.