After an outstanding year of growth on the court, Tennessee point guard Jordan Bone has decided to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. The junior out of Nashville addressed the situation with this video below.
Bone: “I am now blessed to have the opportunity to enter the 2019 NBA Draft, showcase my abilities for NBA personnel and receive valuable feedback that will help me to continue to develop. I plan to make the most of this opportunity and use the experience and feedback to make the most informed decision possible.”
Though Bone’s words and tone of this message don’t necessarily sound final, 247 Sports’ Evan Daniels reports that Bone intends to stay in the draft.
Tennessee star guard Jordan Bone is declaring for the NBA Draft, he tells @247Sports. Bone’s intention is to stay in the NBA Draft, barring a change in plans | Story: https://t.co/9RsXVtZLg4 pic.twitter.com/nvZTpseTnZ— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 3, 2019
Bone’s development over the past 365 days has been simply spectacular to watch. He’s gone from an inconsistent guard to a complete floor general. Tennessee went from a team that operates through their star power forward Grant Williams, to a team with a true leader at the point guard position.
If his intentions are to stay in the draft, it’s a massive blow for Tennessee’s season next year. However, you can’t fault Bone for growing like he did and capitalizing on this opportunity.
Bone finished this season averaging 13.5 points per game. He shot 46 percent from the field — dramatically increasing that number from 39 percent during the 2017-18 season. His assist average per game jumped up from 3.5 to 5.8 in his spectacular junior season.
So, now what? Now we wait. Bone can still opt to return to Tennessee as long has he doesn’t sign an agent. The deadline to make that decision is May 29th.