Tyus Jones: Timberwolves 2015 NBA Draft Profile

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This is the fourth piece of a series of NBA Draft Profiles that will look at prospects that the Timberwolves have shown interest in and may eventually draft in the 2015 NBA Draft. The fourth profile will look at Tyus Jones of Duke.

This morning, I checked in with Twitter to see if anybody wanted anybody specific featured in my next NBA Draft Profile. Unsurprisingly, I received many responses that wanted to see Tyus Jones featured. It makes a lot of sense, as Jones is a fan favorite in Minnesota, where he played his high school ball.

Jones teamed up with Jahlil Okafor to lead Duke to a victory in the 2015 NCAA National Championship game. Throughout the tournament, Jones displayed an ability to make the big play when it’s needed most. This trait could prove valuable at the next level.

Currently, Jones is projected by many to be taken in the mid-to-late first round, which is not near any Timberwolves pick. However, there have been rumors swirling that the Timberwolves would like to trade back into the first round by possibly trading the first and sixth picks in the second round. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 has voiced many times on Twitter that he believes Wolves head coach, part-owner, and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders will try to move up into the later picks of the first round. He hasn’t said yet if they have a preferred target in that range.

Jones had a strong stretch towards the end of his only college season that vaulted him up draft boards. We’ll just have to wait to see if Saunders feels the same way.

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