ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)
PerryJones III out of the University of Baylor is an intriguing prospect beingthat he could be a lottery player or someone who falls in themid-20s.
This6-11, 220 pound, forward has unlimited potential to be a specialplayer in this league, but he might be focusing his potential in thewrong areas.
Knownfor his athleticism and his ability to finish around the basket,Jones tells CSNNW.com he thinks his game is similar to one of the bestperimeter players in the league.
Ipattern my game after Kevin Durant, Jones said. I'm someone wholikes to face-up and take my opponent off the dribble and I can shootthe outside shot, too. That's someone I pattern my game after.
Jonescan shoot the ball pretty good for someone his size. However, aDurant type of game might be a stretch considering Jones doesn't havethe ball-handling skills to play out on the perimeter against elitedefenders such as a LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Tony Allen.
Whenasked what he thought his position was at the next level, he includeda perimeter position.
Naturally,it's either a face-up four or three, Jones said. I pretty muchlike to have the ball in my hands. Especially in the mid-range area.
Jonessaid he's hearing he could land anywhere between the 9-12 pick.
Wouldyou mind if the Portland Trail Blazers selected Jones at No. 11? Ifso, could Jones and LaMarcus Aldridge coexist together on the courtif both of them are players who like to roam on the outside?
Despite the challenge that could bring if Jones landed in Portland, Jones would love to play with Aldridge.
"To be honest, I would love to play beside him (Aldridge) and he's a good Christian guy," Jones said. "He's somebody I would love to have on my team. Somebody that's a good dude, somebody that can probably be a mentor to me that can help me as I go through this process."
Joneswill be an exceptional player if he continues to expand his insidegame and he will bulk up over time. However, if he continues toconcentrate on being a guard, that might make a team think twiceabout selecting this near 7-footer.
Jonesis young and hopefully someone gets to him early on and explain tohim the opportunity he has presented to himself if he chooses tothrive at being one of the better power forwards in the game.
DirkNowitzki is the exception to the rule and guess what, there isn'tanyone else like him.