Cowbell Kingdom 2012 Draft Profiles: Terrence Jones and Co.

On Friday, the Sacramento Kings hosted a six-man workout at their Natomas practice facility.  Its headliner?  Kentucky combo forward Terrence Jones.

Guards

Maalik Wayns – Villanova

Wayns enters the draft following his junior season at Villanova.  In his last year as a Wildcat, Wayns averaged career highs in points (17.6), minutes (33.6), and assists (4.6).  At roughly 6’2″ and about 200 lbs., he’s considered decent sized for a player at his position. He’s not a great perimeter shooter, having shot just 29.8 percent from 3-point land in his final season, but he does have an understanding of running the pick-and-roll.  He’s ranked 77th in Draft Express’ top 100.

Measurements:

  • Height: 6′ 0″ w/o shoes, 6′ 1.5″ w/shoes
  • Weight: 195 lbs., 10.4% body fat
  • Wingspan: 6′ 2.75″
  • Standing Reach: 8′ 0″

Testing:

  • Standing Vertical: 30.0″
  • Running Vertical: 35.0″
  • Bench Press: 16 rep max
  • Lane Agility: 11.13 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.28 sec.

Andre Young – Clemson

Standing at 5’9″ and weighing 170 lbs., Young is an undersized point guard.  In his four years at Clemson, Young was considered one of their best long-range shooters.  However, he posted his lowest career-average from 3-point territory during his senior year (34.7 percent).  He’s a projected undrafted pick.

Measurements:

  • Height: 5′ 9″
  • Weight: 170 lbs.

Centers/Forwards

Kevin Jones – West Virginia

Like today’s headliner, Jones is a versatile forward who can bang inside or take his opponents outside on the perimeter.  Jones improved dramatically his final year at West Virginia, where he averaged a double-double (19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds – both career highs).  According to Draft Express, Jones is currently projected to be selected as a mid-second round pick.

Measurements:

  • Height: 6′ 6.25″ w/o shoes, 6′ 7.5″ w/shoes
  • Weight: 251 lbs., 11.2% body fat
  • Wingspan: 7′ 1.5″
  • Standing Reach: 8′ 9″

Testing:

  • Standing Vertical: 27.5″
  • Running Vertical: 32.5″
  • Bench Press: 17 rep max
  • Lane Agility: 11.94 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.60 sec.

Garrett Stutz – Wichita State

Standing close to 7’0″ and weighing almost 255 lbs., Stutz is a true center.  In four years as a Shocker, Stutz added almost 40 pounds to what was once a rail-thin frame.  His development paid him dividends on the glass in his senior year.  After averaging less than five rebounds per game in his first three seasons, Stutz posted a career-best eight rebounds per contest.  The former Shocker is ranked 83rd overall among Draft Express’ top 100 prospects.

Measurements:

  • Height: 6′ 11″ w/o shoes
  • Weight: 252 lbs.
  • Wingspan: 7′ 3″

Testing:

  • Standing Vertical: 25.3″
  • Lane Agility: 11.84 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.68 sec.

Mitchell Watt – Buffalo

Watt is a shot-blocking power forward.  In his final two seasons as a Bull, Watt averaged 2.2 blocks per game.  At 6’9 and with a 7’0″ wingspan, Watt possesses good size and length.  However, he’ll need to add more weight to a thin 220 lbs. frame.  Watt averaged career-bests in points (16.3), rebounds (7.5) and minutes (30.2) in his last year at Buffalo.  Draft Express rates him 74th overall on their top 100 prospect big board.

Measurements:

  • Height: 6′ 8″ w/o shoes
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Wingspan: 7′ 0″

Testing:

  • Standing Vertical: 30.3″
  • Bench Press: 10 rep max
  • Lane Agility: 11.63 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.40 sec.

Terrence Jones – Kentucky

Jones fits the mold of many of today’s hybrid forwards.  He has the ability to work from the perimeter, but also is capable of making something happen on the block.  Jones stands close to 6’10” with shoes and has the weight of your prototypical power forward.  However, he also has enough quickness to play small forward at the next level.  Based on analysis by Draft Express’ Matt Kamalsky, Jones could be a good fit for an up-tempo team like Sacramento.

By comparison, Jones’s offensive arsenal seems much better suited for an up-tempo offensive team that will give him opportunities to face the basket from the post and mid-range and find a comfort zone immediately as a four rather than gambling on his ability to develop as a full time wing. Jones’ quickness and strong first step are far more advantageous to him against fours than threes, and his ability to face-up from the post and get into the paint afford him better opportunities to utilize his athleticism instead of his still developing scoring touch.

On an extraordinarily young and talented Kentucky team, Jones seemed merely content to fit in.  His scoring, rebounding and minutes dipped from his freshmen year to his sophomore season.  But on a team like that Kings that possesses a number of ball-dominant alpha males, a player like Jones who can blend in might be what they need.

Measurements:

  • Height: 6′ 8.25″ w/o shoes, 6′ 9.5″ w/shoes
  • Weight: 252 lbs., 7.7% body fat
  • Wingspan: 7′ 2.25″
  • Standing Reach: 8′ 11″

Testing:

  • Standing Vertical: 29.5″
  • Running Vertical: 34.5″
  • Bench Press: 12 rep max
  • Lane Agility: 11.57 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.40 sec.

Post-workout Notes

  • Jones affirmed his belief that he can play both forward positions at the next level. He also talked about what he’s been working on since the end of the college season: “I’ve been working on my handle, shooting, just trying to get better and try and show an all around game.” He says he would like to become a much better shooter.
  • Jones discussed the unselfishness of his national championship team in Kentucky. “In a year, we didn’t try to go for 30 every game. We sacrificed to better our team and just to win. And I think every player had the same goal – to win and get a national championship – and worry about draft stock and all that later.”
  • Jones says he spoke with Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins before the workout. “He pretty much told me not to worry about any of the internet mock drafts, and just try to compete every time I go in, and just go my hardest.” Jones has known Cousins since their days in high school. He also knows Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas. Both players hail from the Pacific Northwest.


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