Jordan Bone Impresses at Combine, Sets Announcement Date

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    (Photo via Tennessee Athletics)

    On Friday morning, Tennessee star forward Grant Williams announced that he will be keeping his name in the NBA Draft pool and will forgo his senior season at UT. His teammate at Tennessee, junior point guard Jordan Bone, will have a similar decision to make soon. And now he’s reportedly decided when he’ll announce his choice.

    According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Jordan Bone will announce on May 29th whether or not he will remain in the NBA Draft. That’s the deadline for all underclassmen to decide whether or not they’ll return to school or stay in the draft.

    “Still a little hope, Vols fans,” Goodman added in his tweet.

    Bone, who declared for the draft shortly after Tennessee’s loss to Purdue in the NCAA Tournament, is currently participating in the NBA Combine in Chicago. On Thursday, he turned multiple heads in different testing drills.

    Through the first of two days at the combine, Bone had the quickest shuttle run (2.78 seconds), lane agility (9.97 seconds), three-quarter sprint (3.03 seconds) and standing vertical leap (36.00 inches). among all participants. Bone checked in at 73.5 inches without shoes and 74.75 inches with shoes. He weighed in at 179 pounds and had the second-best vertical leap (42.50 inches) of the 66 participants at the combine.

    For perspective, according to WBIR’s Louis Fernandez, Bone’s numbers rank better than Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Minnesota’s Derrick Rose in both the three quarter sprint and max vertical. Westbrook is an eight-time All-Star and was the 2017 NBA MVP. Rose has been an All-Star three times and was the 2011 NBA MVP.

    Bone was also the starting point guard in the first 5-on-5 session of the day. He opened up the scrimmage with a couple of made baskets and displayed his athleticism on multiple occasions.

    This past season, Bone took a step forward in terms of production as he led Tennessee to a 31-6 record and a Sweet Sixteen appearance. The Nashville native averaged 13.5 points, 5.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 32.9 minutes, all career-highs. His 215 assists this season were the third-most in a single season in Tennessee history, and his 2.91 assist-to-turnover ratio was the best ratio in a single season in program history.

    Bone was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, the annual award honoring the best point guard in college basketball. Bone was also chosen as a Second-Team All-SEC selection.

    The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 20.

    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also the host of the RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.