Former Tennessee guard Jordan Bone went from despondent to joyous in a matter of seconds. As the NBA draft was coming to an end Thursday, Bone sat at his draft party waiting to be picked.
It reached the point where one of the members at the draft party started to give Bone’s concession speech. There’s talk of “being hurt right now” that Bone didn’t get selected. Then, this happens.
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Someone in the crowd still watching the NBA draft shouts. Suddenly, Bone is being mobbed by friends and family members. Their cries of elation go on for quite some time.
Turns out, Bone did get drafted. The New Orleans Pelicans selected him with the 57th pick, and then traded him to the Detroit Pistons. Bone didn’t even seem to know at the time. You can see him look up at the screen just before he gets tackled by everyone else in the room.
Bone played a big role in helping Tennessee reach No. 1 in the rankings during the college basketball season. The junior averaged 13.5 points and 5.8 assists.
Getting drafted wasn’t a certainty, but Bone still took the risk. He kept his name in the draft, forgoing his college eligibility.
Though he waited longer than he would have liked, that risk paid off. Now, Bone will have to focus on making the Pistons, and showing the team he deserves playing time.
No matter what happens, Bone will have some passionate, dedicated fans rooting him on.
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