NBA Comparison: Marvin Williams
Strengths: Jones is a 6’9 252 lb matchup problem who had 2 very good seasons at Kentucky … A southpaw with good agility, leaping skills, explosiveness and quickness for his size … Has the ability to make athletic plays in traffic … Definitely has more then enough physical and athletic tools to play SF and PF at the NBA level … Pretty strong and has put on at least 20 lbs since he was a HS Sr., showing his work in the weight room … Jones is a versatile threat who can score in different ways and has the skill set to play in many types of schemes … He is a big threat as a face-up PF, as he has the handle and athleticism to give many bigger PF off the dribble and put pressure on the D … Looks real fluid athletically, which is impressive for his size … Very good finisher around the rim, and makes good use of his 7’2 wingspan and nice reactive athletic ability … Is better and more effective the closer he is to the rim … Shows the ability to take over games in spurts with his versatile scoring ability … Has supreme natural talent and has the tools to continue to grow … Has some raw ability to shoot as far out as 22 ft., and is he gets more polish with it he will be an even bigger mismatch than he is now … Really runs the floor well … A very serviceable rebounder, especially offensively … Pretty solid at getting garbage points … Became a much more efficient player when Coach Calipari made him play PF, even if his scoring dropped a little … Shows some post skills and has the size for it to translate in time … Able to use his strength and quickness to get shots at times with his back to the basket … Not afraid of handling the ball in the open court, sometimes after his own rebounds … Defensively, Jones has had a number of moments where he gets a timely steal or shows solid shot-blocking skills … At his best, Jones is an aggressive slasher, who can get easy transition run-outs off of defensive stands, crash the offensive glass for easy looks, and hit the open J from the perimeter … Shows a competitive streak in the paint as well, not being afraid of some of the more physical matchups he’s had … Part of a Final Four and Nat’l title team in his 2 years in college, which shows a winning pedigree
Weaknesses: Main question revolving around Jones is about his position, or lack thereof … Many don’t know if he is a classic tweener and how he can fit in certains teams style … Although a very good overall athlete, Jones’ isn’t truly exceptional in any way … He has some of the qualities of a true SF and true PF, but not some of the skills that are most important … Jones is a versatile weapon, but he doesn’t have one trait that really separates itself clearly from the others on offense and should look to polish up his entire arsenal … Really needs to shore up his jump shot and his mechanics … He does not consistently square his shoulders and arms, has a deliberate form, and is a very sporadic shooter from deep, even with his feet set … Jones lacks a mid-range game, everything is either right at the rim or from 3 … Doesn’t look to pass the ball much … Often, Jones will have an extremely strong sequence of possessions on both ends, then disappear for long stretches of a game … Not the most reliable decision-maker … Will try the fancy plays at times instead of using his physical tools to play as strong as he can … Suffers from concentration lapses, and will pout when things don’t go his way … Attitude needs improvement … Does a good job of leaving his ego at the door when it matters most, but has rough stretches and loses confidence a bit too often throughout games, and teams will want to know more about that … Had a sometimes rocky relationship with Coach Calipari, and was called out for his lack of aggression and toughness at times … Can be selfish, and will take shots when he should look to pass or fail to help his teammates on D when they get beat by their man … Matches up well on D against quicker, smaller PF’s, but seems likely to struggle some (at least early on) against true NBA wings and bigger, stronger NBA PFs … Often tries to do too much on the court, especially when looking to showcase his perimeter skills … Will need to improve his footwork more in the post, as he is too reliant on his athleticism and size, which wont be enough against NBA posts …
Overall: Jones’ size, athleticism, production and natural ability to be a matchup ploy make him a 1st round pick … He’s a very talented player with very good upside and he should be even better when he addresses the holes in his game (jumper, post footwork, etc) … He also has to show more maturity, and we can only hope that improves with age … He has the ability to be a very valuable weapon for a team, especially if used correctly …
Jorrye Nixon 6/10/12
Strengths: Southpaw combination forward possessing a multi-faceted set of skills … Not biased against any particular area of the court – gets his points from a variety of avenues (16 ppg) … He’s maintained ball handling aptitude and court craft cultivated as a freshman PG in high school … Dynamic in the face up game with excellent creativity off the bounce, breakdown ability and a quick first step … Favors his left hand dramatically, but right side is not a detriment and continues to improve … When given time, can extend his range beyond the college three line (33%) … Utilizes the pump fake to great effect … Forced into the post out of necessity for UK, he’s done an admirable job playing out of his comfort zone … Displays good patience down low, with surprisingly good footwork and ability to finish over either shoulder … Makes prudent decisions passing out of double teams (1.6 ast) … Extremely well put together frame for a 19-year old with broad, burly shoulders … His wingspan is outrageous allowing him to rebound out of his area (8.7 reb), block shots at their apex (1.9 blk) and get his hands into passing lanes (1.1 stl) … Length, lateral mobility and quickness off the deck make him a versatile force on the defensive end and on both backboards … Instant fast break potential with his ability to handle and push the rock in transition …
Weaknesses: Is he a tweener or a mismatch? Deliberate jump shot and tendency to "push" the release (failure to follow through) limit his effectiveness on the perimeter … Mechanics on his shot are unorthodox, does not get his elbow under the ball when he shoots … His mid-range game currently consists of unorthodox push shots and floaters … Development of jumper off the dribble would take his offensive stock to another level … Doesn’t play with a consistent mean streak on the interior, often double clutching and going the "clever" route rather than playing physical and finishing with authority … His athleticism shines when presented with room to operate, but his explosiveness is inhibited in confined areas and when contacted … Solid but not overwhelming foot speed and vertical leap … His movements appear restricted, lacking fluidity with an overall awkward gait … Needs to be more efficient with his shot selection (12 attempts, 44%) … Critical that he find the balance between playing within himself and not conjuring up a disappearing act … Mental lapses, bad body language, dips in concentration and loss of confidence are not foreign territory for Jones … Plays with passion, but needs to remain on an even emotional plain throughout the game … Eliminate the flash and make the simple play- can be careless at times (2 to).
Adam Ganeles 3/30/11
Strengths: A talented lefty wing forward with tremendous versatility. Can play the 1-through-4 position at the HS and college levels … Handles the ball like a guard and is comfortable breaking down opponents and taking the ball off the dribble from the perimeter at 6-9 … Shows the ability to score in a variety of ways, using both his size and athleticism to get to the rim as well as knocking down mid-range shots. Very polished … Despite an ugly form, has good touch on his shot … Clever at making moves in the paint. Finishes well around the basket … Strong transition player … Great vision and passing skills … Has a mature body with good strength and excellent length … Plays with a solid motor, competitive nature … Does a good job of drawing fouls by forcing the issue and initiating contact around the basket … Strong on the boards, particularly crashing the offensive glass …
Weaknesses: Form on his jumpshot is extremely unorthodox and could use some adjustment. He brings the ball across his body before he shoots it and doesn’t square his elbow to the rim … His lack of a fundamental shot means it breaks down the further from the basket he shoots … Explosiveness and footspeed is good but not extraordinary … Must become more mature emotionally. Can get down on himself if things don’t go his way and lose focus …
Notes: A consensus top 20 recruit out of high school … Was a 6-3 freshman when he began his high school career before growing 6 inches, but retains a lot of the playmaking skills that he honed growing up as a PG …
Aran Smith 9/15/10
Notes: Measured 6’9 (in shoes) 249 lbs, with a 7’2 wingspan at the 2011 Kevin Durant Skills Academy.