Oats Looking Forward to Jones’s Return
Alabama junior forward Herb Jones is one of three Crimson Tide players who have entered themselves into the NBA Draft process. Jones has not hired an agent, therefore he maintains the ability to return to Tuscaloosa and play his senior season. Alabama head coach Nate Oats tweeted today about Jones, indicating he is expecting to have the defensive standout back at the Capstone for the 2020-21 season.
Jones started in 26 of the 27 games he played in this season, he dealt with shoulder and wrist injuries that caused him to miss games. He stood out as the Crimson Tide's primary defender throughout the season and made a name for himself, playing the final few weeks of the season with a broken wrist. Jones stepped up to the free-throw line late in the LSU victory and sank two free-throws using his weaker right hand.
The deadline to decide if he is returning to school is June 15 but it seems like he has already let his coach know his intentions are to return to school. His addition to the team would mean another strong defender and someone who knows the system well. A healthy year in 2020-21 could result in Jones being drafted in next summer's NBA Draft.