Unlike some years past, the Duke Blue Devils have a solid core of players returning for another season. Point guard Tre Jones decided to put his NBA dreams on hold and stay for his sophomore season.
As a freshman, Jones proved that he’s one of the best defenders in the ACC. His ability to control the flow of the game is another asset that Mike Krzyzewski values greatly.
It’s possible that Jones would have been selected in this year’s NBA Draft alongside former teammates Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish. However, the standout point guard felt it was necessary for him to return to Durham.
The main reason that Jones returned to Duke is because he wants to win a national championship. Most of his goals for this upcoming season are team-oriented.
“I came back to Duke because I wanted to win a national championship and also because I feel like there’s a lot of things I can improve on from last year to this year,” Jones said. “I’ve been working on my jump shot a lot. I’ve also been working on getting stronger, faster, quicker and all aspects of my game.”
He also expressed his desire to win another ACC title with the Blue Devils.
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Tre Jones will get to showcase those improvements he was talking about in Duke’s season opener against Kansas.
Tipoff for Duke’s season opener is at 7 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden.