Rising sophomore guard Tre Jones will return to Duke next season the school announced. The move comes as a surprise to some who expected the five-star guard to be another Duke “one and done”. The guard will not test the 2019 NBA Draft waters and will wait until the 2020 NBA Draft.
— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) April 8, 2019
The rising sophomore guard was projected to be a top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft before the 2018-2019 college basketball season began. He saw his draft stock slowly fall throughout the year and has decided to work on his game in college for another year.
The guard has the defense and passing for the NBA level, but his shooting, especially beyond the arc, left a lot to be desired. He will need to work on his ability to shoot beyond the three-point line.
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) December 21, 2018
Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish are all still expected to head to the 2019 NBA Draft, but Duke will be pulling in some serious talent to replace them. Five-stars Vernon Carey and Wendall Moore will be joined by top four-star Boogie Ellis. Five-Star forward Matthew Hurt is also considered a Duke favorite.
Jones will be a favorite for ACC player of the year in the 2019-2020 college basketball season and likely one of the best guards in the country. The Blue Devils have a great class coming in and paired with this sophomore guard they will be at the top of the ACC again. He is hoping to be a top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.