Something that everyone knows is that with the first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers chose Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. Something that you may not know is that Cleveland was looking at another freshmen stud that ended up not declaring for the draft.
I don’t know if I’m the only one who senses it, but Bear season is upon us in northeastern Ohio. I am of course talking about the Baylor Bears, who have climbed up the collegiate ranks in both their football and basketball programs. Robert Griffin III, quarterback and first Baylor football player to win the Heisman Trophy, declared for the draft and should be heavily scouted by the Browns.
On the basketball side of things, 6-11 forward Perry Jones III is off to a great sophomore season. Jones has ridden his accomplishments from last year, AP All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Big 12 All-Rookie team selection, into the 2011-12 season. His success with the Bears has helped the team climb to number 4 in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll.
Although his numbers are a little down from last year (13.4 PPG from 13.9 PPG last season), Jones is about ready to surface the national landscape this season. With the achievements that he has reached already this season (16-0 team record, more emphatic dunker and rebounder), Jones has put himself in a situation to shoot up the mock draft charts by staying at Baylor for another season.
With his field goal percentage hovering over .540 and his shots attempted up .6 from last year, Jones is showing that he is not afraid to attack the basket. His ability to not only take it to the hole every time, but to shoot mid-to-long range jumpers has shown scouts that Jones is a scoring threat from almost every place on the floor.
Jones is also picking up where he left off last year. He has been a problem for other teams whenever he enters the paint with the ball. Jones can take the ball to the hoop many ways and almost at will. Whether he is scooping it in or slamming it home, Jones is a force to be reckoned with down low.
The only recommendation I make for the Cavaliers if they decide to give Jones another look is to make sure he is getting to the weight room as much as possible during his off-season. The Cavs look for a big man is still ongoing, but if Jones puts on enough muscle mass, Dan Gilbert may have found another piece for the young Cleveland puzzle.
Stat line: Perry Jones III is a sophomore forward at Baylor University. He stands 6-11 and weighs 235 pounds. He averages 31.5 minutes per game, one block per game and although he does not get to the line much, his free throw percentage is at .576.