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Jones Preparing For NBA Draft


Kevin Jones wrapped up his college career at West Virginia University when WVU lost to Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was quite a college career, one that sees him listed in the top 10 in school history in nearly every category. He is one of only two WVU players to score more than 1,800 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds. The other is Hall-of-Famer Jerry West.

Jones flirted with the idea of leaving WVU for the NBA following his junior season. He waited until the deadline to decide that he would return for his senior season. It was the right decision. Jones averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds and nearly won the Big East Player of the Year award.

Jones is considered to have a shot at going in the first round of the NBA draft on June 28. He experienced some of the draft camps and workouts for NBA teams last year, so that experience will be helpful as he is about to go through that process again.

"He's been working out and he's been lifting in the weight room," WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said. "He's in the gym all the time and trying to get a little healed up. He banged his wrist up a little bit. I think he has come a long way in that process. He's doing great."

Huggins said he is hearing from some of his connections in the NBA that Jones is likely a late first or early second round pick. Jones has the chance to improve those predictions with individual workouts and his performance in some of the upcoming NBA draft camps.

Jones averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game during his junior year at WVU. The rebounding number was the one Huggins focused on and made clear to Jones he needed to improve. Jones responded and led the Big East in rebounding.

"It meant everything," Huggins stated. "Obviously he wasn't going to go that high last year. I think he showed people what he can do. He showed people he is probably the premier rebounder in all of college basketball. For years and years and years those people have told me that if you can rebound in high school and you can rebound in college you can rebound at our level and he will certainly do that. He's got a great body and great, great hands."

Joe Alexander improved his draft stock tremendously through the final month or so leading up to the draft. He eventually became the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft. Jones hopes to build his stock into a solid first round pick. He will have several opportunities to do so over the next six weeks.

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