Duke basketball: Tre Jones officially declares for 2020 NBA Draft

Duke basketball guard Tre Jones (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Duke basketball guard Tre Jones (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Tre Jones, the point guard of the Duke basketball team, has officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft as reported on Saturday morning.

It was an inevitable outcome, but it is now official as Tre Jones has officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday morning.

The news was primarily broken by Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski in an interview that was released with Evan Daniels of 247Sports on Friday afternoon.

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Krzyzewski said everyone knew Jones would leave for the draft and it’s likely Vernon Carey Jr. does the same while the team tries to gather information and data on Cassius Stanley.

Jones, the ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, was also named as an Associated Press All-American and averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game on 42.3 percent shooting and 36.1 percent from 3-point range.

One of the key factors in the Apple Valley, Minnesota native returning to Durham for his sophomore year was to win a National Championship, like his brother Tyus, and falling one point shy in the Elite Eight in 2018-19 and a canceled tournament in 2019-20 wrecked that dream for the youngest Jones brother.

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However, the improved statistics are staggering from Jones, going from 9.4 points per game in his freshman season to 16.2 points in his sophomore campaign, 5.3 assists to 6.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds to 4.2 rebounds, and shooting 26.2 percent from 3-point range in his freshman season to 36.1 percent in his sophomore season.

In the latest Bleacher Report NBA Mock Draft, Tre Jones is projected to be selected by the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 20 overall while The Athletic’s Mock Draft has the Blue Devil point guard going to the Miami Heat at No. 23.

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The NBA Draft is scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York while many events in the pre-draft process are in doubt due to COVID-19.