Dominique Jones (South Florida)
6'4, 210 lbs., SG
Built like a tank, Jones is about as pure of a scoring, shooting guard in the draft. Though flying under the radar, Jones scores the ball using his aggressiveness and high motor. Factors which NBA teams look for in role players in the draft.
Offensively, Jones gets into the late to create scoring opportunities using everything from floaters to a physical play to draw fouls. He's a solid ball-handler who can get to the rack frequently, but he needs to improve his left hand as he is too dominant in going right. Jones carried the load due to a lack of scorers on his team, but he still flashed some passing ability. Without top end leaping ability at his height, he will have to learn more trick shots when in the paint.
As each year progressed, Jones improved his outside shot, which is at least respectable though he needs to improve considerably to shoot at the next level. In addition to his accuracy, his slow release speed needs improvement or he'll struggle to get his shot of in the NBA. He'll also need to transition from a primary scorer to a role player who scores off the action of others at the next level.
Defensively, Jones disrupts other teams with a high motor and aggressive play. Though only 6'4, many shooting guards will struggle with his strong frame, quick feet, and long arms. His aggressiveness will cause problems for opposing shooting or point guards, and he gets into passing lanes and rebounds hard.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Overall, Jones has enough strengths to be a steal if taken in the late first round or early second round. His aggressiveness, confidence, and non-stop motor are traits all teams look for. He needs to transition from go-to-guy creator to off the ball player which isn't always an easy, but his intangibles should give him some burn even if he can't work himself into a spot up shooter. The one thing that makes me think he will succeed is his will not to lose.
How does he fit in with the Bulls?
With Rose at the helm, he's not an immediate fit due to a lack of quality outside shooting. Even though he is a better all-around player than Xavier Henry and James Anderson, he won't capitalize on his best traits without the ball in his hands. I feel that he is going to be a solid player in the NBA and would not complain if the Bulls take him but prefer to draft someone with more upside at this pick and a dominant trait such as either shooting or shot-blocking.