Tyrique Jones took to Instagram this afternoon to announce that he is entering the NBA Draft without an agent.
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First off I want to thank God because without him I wouldn’t be in this position. Secondly I want to thank my mother for teaching me to remain humble and true to myself. Lastly I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and fans for believing in me and allowing me to be myself every night I step on the court. Playing in the NBA has always been a dream that I had. After talking with my family and coaches, I have decided to enter the 2019 NBA draft without an agent at this time. #GodsPlan #BOS
What this means is that Tyrique is now free to go through the entire process of the draft as if he were going to be drafted. He can take workouts with teams, participate in the combine, and, at least hypothetically, focus on taking the next step in his career. What this doesn’t necessarily mean is that Tyrique is gone next year. Under the current CBA, college players can retain their eligibility if they withdraw their name from the draft by ten days after the NBA Draft Combine. The Combine ends May 19th this year, leaving Tyrique and any other early entry players until May 29th to make their decision.
This season Tyrique saw a ten minute jump in his playing time up to 25 minutes per contest. Jones offensive efficiency of 119.4 didn’t waver with that increase, and his offensive rebound rate of 16.6% was third in the nation and tops amongst major conference players. A triple slash line of 11.3/7.7/0.8 came on 62.4% from the floor. No matter how you look at it, Tyrique’s monster season has set him up to at least take a look at the NBA.