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37. Herb Jones, F, Alabama

Measurables: 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, Unknown wingspan

Class: Senior

Age: 22

Mike’s Ranking: Unranked

Evan’s Ranking: 35

Herb Jones might not have superstar upside, but he could be a potential glue guy for a team to pilfer in the second round. There’s not really anything on the floor he can’t do and he’s an energizer who can be a walking highlight-reel on both ends of the hardwood.

I see Jones’ pro peak being him turning into a lankier version of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Where Jones’s upside intrigues me the most is with his playmaking skills. His assist percentage of 21.7 was ranked 12th in the SEC this season, an indicator of what Jones can do as an offense initiator. I think he can be a real game-changer as a playmaking small-ball center in the same way Green has been throughout his career, who also can be the best defender on your team and a culture setter in that regard.

He’s a diamond in the rough who could be the backbone of a championship team one day.