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Scouting the Tournament: Kevin Jones

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West Virginia’s senior forward is one of the best rebounders in the country.

Scouting the Tournament: Kevin Jones

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This year's West Virginia team doesn't feature as much talent as most Bob Huggins' groups, but it's led by an outstanding player in senior power forward Kevin Jones.  I've had the pleasure of watching Jones since his days at Mount Vernon high school, where he was teammates with other NCAA players like Jonathan Mitchell (Florida/Rutgers) and Mike Coburn (Rutgers).  I didn't expect Jones to turn into the best prospect of that class, but he has turned into a terrific player.

What makes Jones valuable is his versatility.  He can rebound on both ends of the floor.  He can score inside and out to three-point range.  He can defend a couple positions.  And he's tough.

Tonight, he leads the Mountaineers against the seven seed Gonzaga Bulldogs in a de facto home game for West Virginia (they are playing in Pittsburgh, a short drive for their devoted fans).  What makes Jones tick?

He’s gone from a frail and athletic shooter to one of top forwards in the country. Jones was recently snubbed by not being awarded Big East Player of the Year, but his future in the NBA may be one of the brightest of any forward prospect based on his skill set.

I don’t overstate things. Jones is the best offensive rebounder I’ve seen in the college game at the forward position in a decade. Case in point was during the Big East tournament in a 71-67 loss to UConn. A shot goes up and Jones plays the angle and gets the ball at its apex, taps it to himself and kicks it back out for another possession.

To read the full scouting report, check out Sheridan Hoops and make sure to check back for more scouting reports on tournament players.

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