Tennessee’s starting point guard didn’t think he was going to get drafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. So when he was, it led to an extremely emotional scene.
Jordan Bone was gathered with family and friends on Thursday night to watch the NBA Draft. He saw his teammates, Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield, get selected earlier in the night. Williams went No. 22 overall to Boston, and Schofield was taken No. 42 overall by Washington.
But as the draft continued on, Bone still hadn’t been picked.
In a video captured by Next Up Recruits on Twitter, Bone’s older brother and former Vol Josh Bone can be seen talking to a gathered crowd as the second round was winding down. He, and the room in general, were clearly disappointed.
“I’m hurt right now, probably more hurt than he is,” Josh Bone said of his little brother. “Well, I doubt it.”
As the older Bone continued his speech, he was interrupted suddenly by an exclamation, and then the screen showing the draft on ESPN showed Jordan Bone’s name with the 57th overall pick.
The reaction was priceless.
Bone gets swarmed by everyone in attendance. Cheers and tears mixed equally among the group as Bone was surrounded by dozens of friends and family.
Here’s the full video (Warning: Profanity is included in the video):
— NextUpRecruits (@NextUpRecruits) June 21, 2019
This past season, Bone averaged 13.5 points per game, 5.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds in a breakout junior campaign. The Nashville native shot 46 percent from the field and 35 percent from three as he helped guide the Vols to a 31-6 record, tying the school record for the most wins in a single season.
Bone finished with the third-most assists in a single season (215) in school history, and his 2.91 assist-to-turnover ratio this season set the school record for best assist-to-turnover ratio in a single season. As a result of his performance, Bone was voted a Second-Team All-SEC performer.
During the course of his career, the 6-foot-3 point guard started 87 of the 95 games he played in and averaged 9.7 points. Bone averaged 4.3 assists and shot 42 percent from the field while shooting 35 percent from three.
Bone’s exceptional testing at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine really caught the attention of NBA scouts and executives, and it vaulted him into the NBA Draft conversation.
Bone finished with the best time in both the lane agility test and the shuttle run at this year’s combine. He also posted the best standing vertical leap measurement and finished second in the max vertical jump test. He was also the only player to make 100 percent of his shots during the break left portion of the shooting drills.
After several trades, Bone ended up with the Detroit Pistons and will begin his professional career there.