When Tennessee Vols guard Jordan Bone declared for the NBA draft in early April, he left the door open for a potential return to UT.
But he made it clear that returning to Tennessee wasn’t likely, saying “there is always a chance that I come back but honestly if I put myself in a position to go then I’m going all in”.
Thanks to Bone’s performance at the NBA draft combine, it looks like the possibility of his return to Tennessee is almost non-existent.
Bone showed off his incredible athleticism at the combine, putting up better numbers than many of the game’s biggest stars.
3/4 court sprint:
-Jordan Bone: 3.03 seconds
-Derrick Rose: 3.05 seconds
-Russell Westbrook: 3.08 seconds
-Jordan Bone: 42.5 inches
-Derrick Rose: 40 inches
-Russell Westbrook: 36.5 inches
— Louis Fernandez Jr (@LouisWBIR) May 16, 2019
— Stadium (@Stadium) May 16, 2019
Bone hasn’t been listed in most recent mock drafts, but Sports Illustrated’s mock draft earlier this week had the Nashville native going No. 57 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans.
After his combine performance, I think you’ll start to consistently see Bone’s name mentioned in mock drafts.
And if that’s the case, then there’s no chance Bone returns to Tennessee next season.
Bone, who has done nothing but help his draft hopes since declaring for the NBA draft, will make his final decision on May 29.
Jordan Bone on whether he has decided to stay in the NBA Draft:
“I’m making my decision on May 29th.”
Still a little hope, Vols fans.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 16, 2019
At this point, I think Bone is gathering information from teams to make sure he has a spot on a NBA roster.
I’d be shocked if no NBA teams want to take a chance on Bone late in the draft or even after the draft as a free agent. And a chance is really all Bone wants.
Bone’s time at Tennessee is almost certainly over.
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