HoopsHype Perry Jones rumors

May 25, 2012 Updates
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GMs identified Baylor's Perry Jones, Kentucky's Terrence Jones, Washington's Terrence Ross, Baylor's Quincy Miller and St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson as players who could help their stock the most with great workouts. All of them have one thing in common: skill. And many of them combine that with terrific athleticism to boot. "These workouts can't really measure basketball IQ or your feel for the game. We have a whole season of scouting and film for that," one GM said. "But they can allow us to gauge the skill level of players in ways that sometimes their college systems might hide. It's also a terrific gauge of a player's athletic abilities, which are often pushed to the maximum in workouts." ESPN.com

It's pretty easy to see why GMs expect these players to do well. Perry Jones is both an elite athlete and has a great face-up game that wasn't always used well at Baylor. "If he comes in and really starts hitting shots, he could go very, very high," one GM said. "As a power forward, I think he's going to be a disappointment in the league. But if he could be a Paul George-type player? He could be special. George was accused of being laid-back in college, too. It's why he slipped to No. 10. Now you see the way the Pacers use him and you think the sky is the limit for him." ESPN.com

April 9, 2012 Updates

Perry Jones III has decided that he will forgo his final year of college and declare for the 2012 NBA draft. In his junior year, he averaged 13.5 points per game and 7.6 rebounds while leading the Baylor Bears to their second Elite Eight appearance in his career. "I want to thank Baylor Nation for an unbelievable two years," Jones III said in a press release. "Baylor will always be a second home to me and I look forward to spending a lot of time in Waco and working towards finishing my degree." Dallas Morning News

Baylor sophomore Perry Jones III will head to the NBA. Bears coach Scott Drew told CBSSports.com that the talented 6-foot-10 Texas native has decided to leave school. Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but NBA executives question his toughness and intensity. However, it's unlikely that Jones isn't taken in the NBA lottery. CBSSports.com

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Baylor coach Scott Drew said an NBA draft early-entry decision from Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller will come at some point this week after he sits down and meets with the families. If both were to return then the Bears would be one of the favorites again in the Big 12 and possibly a Final Four. ESPN.com

March 25, 2012 Updates

The entire college basketball world was holding their breath on Sunday. Early in the second half of the Elite Eight game between the Baylor Bears and Kentucky Wildcats, freshman phenom Anthony Davis went knee to knee with Perry Jones III. Davis landed awkwardly and the entire arena held their breath. Luckily, it looks like Davis escaped any serious injury. After sitting out for a couple minutes, Davis was able to return to the game, albeit with a slight limp. More than likely, it was just bone to bone contact and Davis avoided any possible damage. Rant Sports

March 23, 2012 Updates

Still, there is a perception that his performance in the tournament has hurt his N.B.A. draft standing. “It doesn’t create pressure because I haven’t been thinking about it,” Jones said. “The last thing I’ve been thinking about is the N.B.A. I’ve just been trying to get my team to a national championship. I know if I worry about the N.B.A., then everything will turn around, and it will just be worse. Just don’t worry about it. Just need to focus on the games I’m playing right now.” New York Times

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While Jones admittedly had an "up-and-down season," Baylor (25-6) tied a school record for regular-season wins. "This is pretty much redemption," Jones said after Baylor's practice at Sprint Center. Jones said he will take the same approach about returning for his junior season. "Maybe I come back. Maybe I won't," Jones said. "It's up to my family. We'll talk about it. We'll pray about it." Dallas Morning News

March 8, 2012 Updates

Now we know what motivates Perry Jones III. A Mohawk, for one. That's the radical haircut the father of Baylor's sophomore post has promised to get after watching the best game of his son's career Thursday at the Big 12 tournament. Twizzlers and Jolly Ranchers, too. Perry's mother Teri Jones was waving the candy from the Sprint Center stands like they were bones for a dog. That's where the Perry Jones story gets complicated. It shouldn't take a 20-year old NBA prospect's favorite candies to get him going. That, and the word "dog" has been associated with Baylor's 6-foot-11 forward on more than one occasion this season. "I really don't know," Teri Jones said Thursday when asked about her son's inconsistency. "I know he does pray. Then I send him Bible verses and he has the team to motivate him as well. He tries to get on the court and think about just playing basketball. I know when he comes off the court his mind is going." CBSSports.com

But for one afternoon all the crap Baylor and Jones have been through this season was forgotten. If these Bears play to their potential -- a big if -- they could do some damage in the NCAA tournament. That 2-3 zone, that massive back line that looks like it can stretch defensively sideline-to-sideline. With Jones in the middle of it, Baylor looks, well, motivated. "I don't worry about the draft and what's going to happen after this season," Perry III said. "I just worry about winning a national championship in college." The statement sounds genuine. If Jones has good reasons for stiff-arming the NBA to this point, you have to believe him. For a brief moment we were able to see why those pro scouts are drooling over him like they're working on a Jolly Rancher. "He loves them," Teri reminded. CBSSports.com

March 3, 2012 Updates

Either way, when North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, Kentucky’s Terrence Jones, Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb and Baylor’s Perry Jones chose to spend their sophomore years on campus – and join other potential one-and-done candidates such as Connecticut’s Andre Drummond, Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Florida’s Bradley Beal and Baylor’s Quincy Miller – it created a situation in which teams on the back end of the lottery could still pluck quality talent. That is, of course, if all of those players declare for the draft. “It’s a good year to be in the lottery because it’s one of the safer lotteries,” the scouting director said. “If you have a pick around the top 14 or 15, you might get a top five or top seven talent, just because of the amount of guys who went back. Some people make the argument that some of those guys might’ve contended for one. You’re going to get a higher quality player in whatever range you’re picking in the first round than you normally would.” Washington Post

March 1, 2012 Updates

And anyone who questions Jones' mettle obviously forgets that he passed up an opportunity to be a top-5 NBA draft pick last summer because he didn't feel he was ready. If it isn't tough to know who you are and turn down millions, what is? Perry Jones is soft, they say? His story suggests he's anything but. Jones begins his tale and then stops. "This is stuff," he says, "that I've never told anyone before." ESPN.com

"I'm sure he feels a lot of pressure," Terri said. "People have told him, 'If you go to the NBA, you can do such-and-such for your mom or your family. You can help their pain, and you won't ever have to worry about money again.'" All indications were that Jones would've been a top-5 pick in the 2011 NBA draft had he chosen to leave Baylor after his freshman season. But when he hinted he was thinking about returning to school, Terri was quick to offer support. "Don't worry about the money," she told him. "We can't miss what we've never had. It's your decision. If you want to stay, I'm behind you 100 percent." ESPN.com

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