One prominent Duke player has decided to stay in college for at least one more season. Point guard Tre Jones is returning for his sophomore season, according to a tweet from the school’s media relations department that was relayed by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports (Twitter link).
The 6’2” Jones averaged 9.8 PPG and 5.3 APG over 34.2 MPG in his freshman campaign. He posted a season-high 22 points and eight assists against Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16.
Jones was considered a borderline first-rounder. He was ranked No. 29 overall by ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony. Jones’ feel for the game, defensive prowess and ability to make plays in the lane made a strong impression on scouts, according to ESPN’s pre-draft analysis.
The Blue Devils are still expected to lose three projected lottery picks, led by top-rated Zion Williamson. Shooting guard R.J. Barrett is ranked No. 3 and Cam Reddish sits at No. 7 on Givony’s Top 100 list.