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Tyrique Jones declares for the NBA Draft

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Xavier’s glass eating forward is having a look at the next level.

NCAA Basketball: Big East Tournament-Xavier vs Creighton Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tyrique Jones took to Instagram this afternoon to announce that he is entering the NBA Draft without an agent.

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.