Duke basketball’s Tre Jones named to Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List

The Duke Basketball point guard, Tre Jones, was named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List, which is given to the best player in the nation at the end of the season.

The United States Basketball Writers Association released an early-season watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the list of 46 players included Duke point guard Tre Jones.

Jones was also included on the preseason watch list for the award along with Blue Devil freshman Vernon Carey Jr.

Tre Jones is in his sophomore year at Duke being the only player, along with Joey Baker, to return from the 2018 recruiting class that included three Top-10 NBA Draft picks in Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish.

Williamson and Barrett were finalists for the Oscar Robertson Award last season with Zion winning the award, capping off his season as the consensus National Player of the Year.

Through nine games in his sophomore season, Tre Jones has led the Blue Devils a championship in the 2K Empire Classic and to an 8-1 record and a 1-0 start in ACC play.

Jones is averaging 15.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 41.8% from the floor, 34.3% from 3-point range, and 78.7% from the free throw line.

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All numbers have improved for Tre Jones from his freshman season except for rebounding in which he averaged 3.6 per game.

Jones’ career-high in points came just a few weeks ago when the Apple Valley, Minnesota native dropped 31 points on Georgia State while playing the full 40 minutes in Duke’s victory.

Tre Jones has scored at least 13 points in seven of Duke’s nine games with the only two games he did not reach double figures the elite guard scored seven points, in a 51-point win in which he played nine minutes, and eight points in a 35-point win where he saw 29 minutes.

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The Duke Blue Devils and Tre Jones will not be on the floor again until December 19 when Duke hosts Wofford in one of its final tune-ups before the constant rigors of ACC play.

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