by Charles Rich
The deadline for underclassmen who have not hired an agent to pull their name from the NBA draft and return to school is June 18. With less than a week to go to decide, this is when the separation for those who are merely "testing the process" from the deluded and/or determined players really begins.
"I feel like I was not getting the response from the NBA people in the spot I wanted to be in, which is the first round or something guaranteed," Jones said in an interview with Houston station KRIV.
The (polite) response from NBA he was getting was something along the lines of, "you won't be drafted."
When he initially declared, he said he would only stay if he was assured of being a top-15 lottery pick. Seems his standards dropped to the point where he would have taken assurances that he would get selected in the second round. Jones wasn't even in the discussion on variousmockdraftsfor thesecondround.
This is still good news for Texas A&M and new coach Mark Turgeon. Jones was the leading rebounder and second in scoring for the Aggies. Despite the graduations of Acie Law IV and Antanas Kavaliauskas the Aggies have a top recruiting class and should be pre-season top-25 with Jones inside.