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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: West Virginia PF Kevin Jones

As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics [1] own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins [2] trade) and 51.


Position: Power forward

School: West Virginia

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 250 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America second team (AP, NABC, USBWA), 2012 All-Big East first team

Key 2011-12 stats: 19.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 50.9 FG%, 38.3 minutes

What he brings: The West Virginia product is a hard worker with surprisingly quick feet despite his lack of fluidity. Jones has a solid mid-range game and makes use of his catch-and-shoot opportunities. The best aspect of his game is his rebounding because of his elite reactionary skills and supreme ability to adjust under the basket. He also possess a solid post game offensively.

Jones isn’t the greatest athlete and sometimes looks awkward on the court. He isn’t really a great defender and doesn’t look like he’ll grow as a prospect either.

All in all, the 22-year-old possess some solid skills on the offensive end, but he probably won’t improve much in the NBA. With that said he should be a solid player off the bench.

Where the Celtics could get him: He’s projected as a late-first-round pick, which is well within the Celtics’ range, although his defensive deficiencies likely wouldn’t sit well with Doc Rivers [3].

Notes: Jones joined Jerry West [4] as the only two West Virginia players ever to have more than 1,800 points and 1,000 rebounds in their careers. He finished fourth on the school’s all-time rebounding list.

Recent articles:

West Virginia Illustrated: Kevin Jones enjoys the ‘grind’ of being an NBA prospect [5]

The Register-Herald: WVU’s Jones is a consensus All-American [6]

Video: Here’s a highlight mix of Jones.