Jamal Jones Rumors
In his move out of the D-League and to the June draft, forward Jamal Jones could become the NBA’s next domestic draft-and-stash player with the affiliate organization that has plans to work him out and seriously consider him with six second-round picks: the Philadelphia 76ers. Jones, a 6-foot-8 product, left Texas A&M a season ago with a year of college eligibility and entered the D-League draft. He was a second round selection by Delaware. The 76ers will soon work out Jones, who is aware of the franchise’s interest and its possibility to make him a domestic draft-and-stash.
“The Sixers have had interest in me all year just because even though I didn’t have a good season with Delaware, they were always there for the practices and they have seen what I’m capable of,” Jones told RealGM by phone. “They’re very interested, and want me come up, work out for them and see how I’ve progressed in the time since the season ended.”
“At times, I think I should have stayed in college,” Jones said. “That’s mainly what the NBA is looking at right now: Players who are in college. It’s not that they’re not looking, but they can forget about the players who are draft-eligible in the D-League. So sometimes, I feel I should have stayed, but life goes on. You learn from the decision you make. I grew as a man over these past eight, nine months. Now, I need to show teams that I can knock down the NBA three-pointer consistently. I don’t feel like teams know this part about me. I shot 34 percent [from three] this year, so I need to show them that I can shoot and also handle the ball. If I show these things, I feel NBA teams can be excited about the type of player I am. It can be done. I just have to work harder than everyone who got exposure at the college level this year.”
After leaving Texas A&M’s basketball program as a junior, Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM. Jones is fresh off a breakout season for the Aggies, averaging a team-high 13.4 points to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. The 6-foot-8 swingman also had considered transferring to another school before he decided to start his professional career in the D-League.