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Who Is Bates Jones? Here Is Some Insight On The Davidson Transfer

He brings some interesting qualities to Duke

NCAA Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament-George Mason vs Davidson
Mar 5, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; Davidson Wildcats forward Bates Jones (25) listens to Davidson Wildcats head coach Bob McKillop in a huddle against the George Mason Patriots in the second half of a quarterfinal in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament at Robins Center. 
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Most us were surprised when Davidson’s Bate Jones transferred to Duke for his final season.

Bates who?

Well it got better when we learned that his brother was Daniel, who had a terrific career as Duke’s quarterback.

And while he’s not expected to be a huge contributor, you can be sure of this: if he played for Bob McKillop, he’s going to be sound.

In our opinion, McKillop is one of the finest coaches in the country (we love how he, correctly, calls basketball “a game of deception”).

But what exactly does Jones bring?

The Duke Chronicle’s Max Rego took a closer look and came back with this article. Here’s some things to keep in mind about Jones:

“Despite his anticipated lack of opportunities...Jones is capable of running the floor, often serving as a spot up shooter in transition.

“This propensity to pull up from the perimeter applies to half court milieus as well, with Jones displaying a specific knack for corner jumpers [and] can attack the rim and finish through contact.

“Jones has solid court vision, and can find the open man with a skip pass to force the defense to scramble.”

Odds are he won’t get a lot of court time but as an experienced player, he will bring a lot of intangibles, too.