NBA Draft

Herbert Jones

Scouting Report

Jones will be an immediate contributor on the defensive end and figures to improve offensively in future years.
He was a finalist for national defensive player of the year honors in his final season at Alabama. He led the team with 57 steals and 37 blocked shots.
He also led the Crimson Tide in rebounding (6.6) and assists (3.3) while ranking fourth on the team in scoring at 11.2. He shot 35.1 percent from 3-point range.
Jones is a top-notch athlete and that sometimes causes him to be overaggressive during the wrong situation. He also can be turnover-prone and committed a team-worst 93 last season.
His ability to handle pressure could be questioned as he missed two free throws with Alabama trailing UCLA by one with 6.8 seconds left in regulation of an NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen game. Alabama eventually lost the contest in overtime.
Also a concern is that Jones averaged less than 8.0 points in each of his first three college seasons. So even though he won SEC Player of the Year honors last season, he doesn't have a deep success record.
Positives: Standout defensive player who will be able to play a role immediately. His high level of athleticism will allow him to match up well with quick players and he will accumulate steals and blocks. He hustles and has the ability to drive to the hoop.
Negatives: He made just 34 career 3-point baskets -- 20 coming last season -- so improvement as a long-range shooter is necessary. Will need to be better at his ball-handling and passing as the turnover count needs to be lowered. His college career was mediocre overall so there could be growing pains.
--Field Level Media

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