Kevin Jones sat in the stands at the NBA Draft for over four hours hoping to hear his named called by either the commissioner or the deputy-commissioner.
After traveling around the nation for the past two months, auditioning over a third of the league, Jones did not hear his named called. His agent, Bill Neff, said that he had two guarantees from teams that they would select Jones.
Jones is now a free-agent, and he will be free to sign with any team that offers him a chance.
It is a heartbreaking moment for a young man who had one of the best careers in West Virginia Mountaineer history. This Draft was similar to the 2006 Draft when Mike Gansey and Kevin Pittsnogle went undrafted.
Before Jones’ agent said he had assurances from two different teams, we believed that Jones would somewhere in the second round. We were very surprised he went undrafted. Only three of the last fifteen picks were from the United States. It is a part of the draft where teams like to “Draft and stash” players, and sometimes a quality American player will slip through the cracks.
According to Michael Carvelli of the Daily Athenaeum, the Cleveland Cavaliers contacted Jones immediately following the Draft. Mike Gansey works in the scouting department for the Cavs.
When a player goes undrafted, the odds are stacked against him to make an NBA roster. Some examples that defied those odds are: Chuck Hayes, Ben Wallace, Udonis Haslem (whom Jones is compared to), Bruce Bowen, Raja Bell, Jeremy Lin, and J.J. Barea.
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