HoopsHype Perry Jones rumors

June 8, 2012 Updates

Jones confirmed he has a workout scheduled with the Bucks in the next few weeks and said he would interview with team officials on Thursday at the combine. "I believe I can help a franchise turn around," Jones said. "Hopefully somebody will have faith in me, just like I have faith in myself." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 7, 2012 Updates
June 6, 2012 Updates

It sounds as if the Kings like -- to varying degrees -- Barnes, North Carolina big men Tyler Zeller or John Henson, or even Kentucky forward Terrence Jones more than risky prospects such as Connecticut center Andre Drummond or Baylor forward Perry Jones III. SI.com

June 3, 2012 Updates

He is considered one of the greatest mysteries of this group, a supremely talented player with the rarest of skill-sets and size (6- foot-11, 235 pounds) whose lack of assertiveness, toughness or consistency in college raised questions about whether he'd ever maximize his potential. And while we'll delve deeper into Jones' personal story soon as part of our ongoing draft coverage, he had a message to share that simply couldn't wait: regardless of what position he plays, he's finally starting to see how special he could be. "I feel way more confident than I ever was at Baylor," said Jones, who will head for Chicago predraft camp next week like most of the top-level prospects. "Working out three times a day, I feel great. I see the potential I have. I'm actually using the potential I have. "I've been using it in workouts. They've been going great, playing three-on-three or one-on-one. I do a lot that I normally wouldn't do. I'm just a lot more confident when I'm playing ball." SI.com

May 28, 2012 Updates
May 25, 2012 Updates

"I don't like that guy. I don't. I don't," Jones told Yahoo! Sports after a workout at Peak Performance Project here this week. "That guy from last season didn't do too well. He didn't do too well at all. I feel like I got a lot to prove. I got a lot of expectations. I want to be successful. "I want to be an All-Star at the end of the day. Not just be a player who plays a couple of years or a could've been, should've been. I want to be an All-Star." Yahoo! Sports

One prominent NBA agent said Jones' inconsistency cost him a chance to compete for the top spot in this draft and he likely will go no earlier than seventh. Former long-time Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Rasheed Hazzard, who is working out Jones, said he reminds him of a more athletic Lamar Odom. Yahoo! Sports

May 24, 2012 Updates
May 18, 2012 Updates

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

April 6, 2012 Updates
April 2, 2012 Updates

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

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