Tre Jones: Hustle
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Jones is a relentless player that is often shifting up in situations where many shift down. He consistently hustles to get back in transition and loves to pick up the opposing ball-handler full-court. On offense he’s usually in 2nd or 3rd gear, but on defense, in the open court or chasing loose balls he’s typically in the 4th or 5th. Jones just generally stays engaged in the action, no matter the effort required. This is even more impressive given that he plays huge minutes every game, averaging over 35 minutes-per-game in conference play—a number that would be higher if he hadn’t missed the majority of their game against Syracuse when he went out early with an injury.
Jones’ limited tools and placement on offense will limit his ability to make an impact here, but he does a good job sneaking in now and then for a putback. He rarely boxes out but if the ball is in the air he will moves towards it. He rarely pursues offensive rebounds and is unlikely to at the next level.
Jones is more often the recipient of the outlet pass than the one cleaning the glass and initiating the break. He does a solid job boxing out when needed, but his small frame doesn't enable him to collect many rebounds himself.
When in transition Jones is rarely looking to score, a good thing since he lacks the dynamism to be special here. Where he is special is with his decision-making, pushing hard and making the right pass to hit an open player. Duke’s defensive system and personnel generate a high rate of steals, and he excels at breaking down the defense and making the right play to the right player. Even when he doesn’t have the ball he fills the break well.
Jones hustles back on defense in transition and understands where to be to have the best chance at dissuading the offense from going to the rim. His physical limitations mean against some players there will be very little he can do, and he doesn’t make much impact at the rim, but he does a good job at the preventative aspects of transition defense.