Brooklyn Nets projected to take Xavier’s Colby Jones in first round of 2023 NBA Draft

The Brooklyn Nets are projected to take Xavier guard Colby Jones in the first round of the 2023 NBA Draft, according to an article published by Cody Taylor of Rookie Wire on Friday. As of the writing of the article, the Nets were projected to have the #24 overall pick via the Philadelphia 76ers that came as a result of trading James Harden to Philadelphia last season.

Jones, a junior, is averaging 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 51.9% from the field and 44.7% from behind the three-point line. He has shown the ability to run an offense and also to be able to contribute to his team with more than just passing the ball.

Xavier has a 14-3 record (6-0 in the Big East Conference) and is ranked as the 12th-best team in the country according to the Associated Press poll. Here’s what Taylor had to say about Jones and why the Nets are projected to select him:

Jones is another player that has put himself on teams’ radars with a strong first half of the season. He is averaging 14.4 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 16 games on 44.7% shooting from the field. He has established himself as one of the top floor generals in the country with his vision and passing ability. He can also create for himself on offense and get into the paint. As a junior, Jones is one of the more experienced players likely to be taken in the first round and teams should love his maturity and unselfishness.”

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Story originally appeared on Nets Wire