We knew that Tre Jones was certainly thinking about a sophomore season, but now it's set it stone.
In an official team tweet Monday evening, Duke announced that Jones will indeed return to school for his second season as a Blue Devil and not declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. The Apple Valley, Minn., native was projected to be a late first-round pick and would have likely joined classmates Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish, as all three are expected to announce their intentions to turn pro in the coming days.
In his first season at Duke, Jones led the Blue Devils with 5.3 assists per game and ranked third in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. The freshman was also a defensive linchpin for Duke, usually tasked with defending the opposing team’s best perimeter player, and he was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team for his stellar work on that end of the floor.
Jones was a highly-touted recruit coming from Apple Valley High School, ranked as the No. 1 point guard in his class and following in the footsteps of older brother, Tyus. He more than lived up to expectations on the defensive end, but struggled offensively for much of the year, ending the season shooting just 26.2 percent from 3-point range.