The NBA Draft 2020 projections for Anthony Edwards and Tre Jones are many spots apart on the board. However, both players are now eligible for the draft, which typically takes place in June of each year.
That said, both players are expected to be first-round picks when they have their names called, if and when the NBA holds its draft as scheduled.
No. 1 prospect Edwards, first-round pick Jones declare
As of Friday, ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed that top prospect Anthony Edwards from Georgia officially declared himself eligible for the draft.
Edwards, a 6-foot-5 freshman, averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists this past season for the Bulldogs. He’s been known to go on a scoring streak too, putting up four-straight games with 26 points or more during SEC play this past season.
The 18-year-old Atlanta native announced his decision to leave the University of Georgia for the NBA in a Twitter post. In that post (below), he shared a message to thank coaches, trainers, the UGA staff, as well as his teammates, family, friends, and fans.
Edwards mentioned, “Georgia will always be my home but I am ready to take my game to the next level” and added, “The Next Chapter Starts Now…Let’s Get It.”
— Anthony Edwards (@theantman05) March 20, 2020
In addition, ACC Player of the Year Tre Jones of the Duke Blue Devils also made himself eligible as of Saturday, March 21. Jones was not only POY, but also the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The sophomore guard averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals a game while at Duke. In addition, he shot 42.3 percent overall with a 36.1 percent rate from long range.
Tre has a brother already in the league, as his older brother Tyrus Jones is currently a guard with the Memphis Grizzlies.
— Stadium (@Stadium) March 19, 2020
Anthony Edwards, Tre Jones NBA Draft 2020 projections
Anthony Edwards is described as a “6-foot-5, 225-pound combo guard.” He’s already found himself good representation, signing with Octagon Basketball, a firm that represents Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo. They’re hoping to see him prosper in the professional league, and already Edwards is showing confidence about his draft position.
“I think I should go No. 1, no doubt,” Edwards said when speaking to 24/7 Sports. “That’s the only place I think I should go.”
Obviously teams’ needs or opinions of players may change leading up to the NBA Draft. However, as of right now, many believe that Anthony Edwards will be the No. 1 pick for the draft ahead of prospects like Lamelo Ball, Obi Toppin, and James Wiseman. The NBADraft.net mock draft board currently has Edwards going first overall to the Golden State Warriors.
Of course, Golden State has Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, so it’d be interesting to see if they’d keep the pick and let him work into their system, or if they might trade it to help get back into playoff contention.
As for Tre Jones’ draft projections, the Duke sophomore point guard is expected to go quite a bit later, but still in the first round as of right now. He’s projected to go to the Philadelphia 76ers around the No. 51 spot by NBADraft.net’s latest mock draft.
With the NBA season suspended, fans are clinging to the hopes of at least a postseason. That said, if and when the league comes back for a new season, Edwards and Jones could be hooping it up with the likes of LeBron, Zion, and Anthony Davis.
The NBA Draft 2020 edition is currently scheduled for June 25, 2020, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.