Tyus Jones certainly had one of the best years in college basketball of anyone this year. He proved himself as one of the best freshmen in the league, along with his teammates Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow, and now they are all heading to the NBA.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski has certainly been known to stock up on great players that leave soon after, as Wisconsin’s coach Bo Ryan referred to the practice as “rent-a-player,” something that he does not do, although it seems to work for Coach K.
Duke recently won the national championship with one of the best lineups of any team in many years, but with nearly every player leaving the team, the Duke Blue Devils will be unrecognizable when they start playing in the in the winter of 2015.
In addition to Tyus Jones, the starting players leaving Duke for the NBA include Quinn Cook, Justice Winslow, and Jahlil Okafor, a favorite for player of the year, but ultimately losing to Frank Kaminsky. The four of them were responsible for 71.4 percent of their points, 58.6 percent of their rebounds and 76.7 percent of their assists this past season.
Jones is even known for texting the Hall of Fame coach of Duke following their tragic loss to Mercer in last year’s NCAA tournament, insisting that he would get them to a Final Four this year. The star 6 foot 1 point guard did that, and more, and Duke seemed to hardly receive a challenge throughout the tournament on their way to their 5th title, all under Coach K.
Duke may be in trouble for the firs time in a long time next season since Coach K has only lost five one-and-done players over his past 35 seasons. He recently lost 3 in the past week.
THIS JUST IN: Duke freshman Tyus Jones to enter 2015 NBA Draft. He averaged 11.8 Pts & 5.6 Ast per game this season. pic.twitter.com/93QvuBijO3
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 15, 2015
Tyus Jones’ decision to enter the NBA may send Duke’s roster into a shamble, but there is no doubt that he will have success after becoming a professional player. There are plenty of teams that could utilize his talents as a small point guard that has an excellent shot from beyond the arc.