The NBA Draft begins tonight at 7 in Newark. When it does, Kevin Jones will be that much closer to realizing his dream.
After a strong senior season, the Mount Vernon product is expected to be selected during tonight’s draft. He has been slotted from early to late in the second round, according to mock drafts and draft experts.
But, according to his agent, Bill Neff, Jones has a commitment from a first-round team that does not have a second-round pick. Does that mean it’s a first-round guarantee? Not necessarily, said Neff, but he believes that team intends to select the 6-foot-8 forward.
Jones worked out for 12 teams. Four of those teams meet that criteria and bear watching tonight. They are the Heat, Thunder, Bulls and Grizzlies. Not a bad group.
Here’s the story on Jones from today’s Journal News. Unfortunately, despite more than a dozen texts and phone calls, his advisor and brother, Gerard, would not consent to an interview with Kevin. I’ll be following the draft tonight and will contact them again. Hopefully, I’ll have comments from Jones after he is selected.
Jones is vying to become the ninth Mount Vernon players to reach the NBA. The eight Knights (Ray Williams, Gus Williams, Lowes Moore, Earl Tatum, Rudy Hackett, Scooter McCray, Rodney McCray and Ben Gordon) already give Mount Vernon the third-most NBA alumni of any high school in New York state. The only two with more are DeWitt Clinton and Jefferson.