One of the best looking prospects in Arizona’s 2018 class is 6-foot-6, 185 pound SG/W Tevian Jones of Chandler HS.
While Jones has spent a majority of his time competing with the out-of-state California Supreme aau/club team on the Nike-sponsored EYBL Circuit, he recently competed in some local events with the Arizona Power organization, and his growth from playing in the EYBL was undeniable.
A very long wing, Jones truly did whatever he wanted to on the offensive end to any defender standing in front of him. Tevin was able to take players off the dribble using his long stride, and used his superior athleticism to finish over, around or dunk on defenders. He also has a very smooth release on his jumper, as he knocked down shots from everywhere on the court from the 3-point line to mid-range pullups.
Jones also has a very capable handle of the basketball, as he was able to push the ball in transition on several occasions in the games I watched, and again, score the ball or use his solid vision from the wing position to find an open teammate. He is also able to put smaller defenders on the block, in half-court situations, and post them up with a solid set of post moves for a wing - displaying he has a good basketball IQ in regards to putting himself in the best scoring situation.
On the defensive end, Jones uses his tools, such as his length and athleticism, to block many shots, get his hand in the passing lanes due to his quick defensive reads, and cause overall issues for players who are trying to get into their own offensive rhythm. Jones is oozing with upside as a prospect, as his frame is still very long, and looks as if he can add maybe 1 or 2 more inches to his overall height.
The sky is the limit for Tevian Jones, and he is a player that I will make sure to track very closely this upcoming summer evaluation period.
Tevian is the younger brother of former Basha HS graduate and former University of Missouri/Fresno State (via transfer) player Torren Jones.