The NBA draft is just around the corner and there are several Tennessee Vols who could be selected this year.
Two of those players — Grant Williams and Jordan Bone — entered the draft with a year of eligibility remaining. Each can possibly return to Tennessee, unless they get drafted.
In The Athletic’s latest mock draft, they have Williams being selected with the No. 27 overall selection by the Brooklyn Nets.
Here’s what they say about Williams:
Right now though, NBA teams see Williams as more of a late first, early second round pick because they’re unsure if his athleticism will translate after he was able to overpower defenders at the college level, mostly posting up. I’d urge evaluators to look at the way the skills he showed on the block should translate to other parts of his game, given that his IQ is off the charts.
As for Bone, The Athletic is projecting he will go undrafted.
(As a side note, they have senior Admiral Schofield going to the Chicago Bulls with the No. 38 overall pick.)
It’s not a huge surprise they have Bone going undrafted. He’s considered, at best, a fringe second round pick — though he will certainly receive some NBA opportunities even if he goes undrafted.
Honestly, I think Bone will get drafted. The point guards in this draft aren’t all that great, and Bone is a quick player who can create his own shot. Those type of guys don’t fall off trees (even if some evaluators seem to think they do).
But what if Bone ends up going undrafted, what will he decide to do?
Well that’s a tough question to answer, mostly because I don’t think Bone even knows the answer just yet. The Nashville native recently received an invite to the NBA combine, which means he can return to school if he goes undrafted. That means we likely won’t have any sort of clarity on Bone’s status at Tennessee until after the draft.
I’d be surprised, at this point, if Bones is back in Knoxville next season. He’s left the door open to a return, but it certainly sounds like he’s ready to take the next step in his career.
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