Every evaluation of Haley Jones’ game is going to tell you what she can’t do, and for good reason. There were hopes she’d be the sure-fire No. 2 pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, but her jumper hasn’t come through in the way we thought it could. Plus, Stanford suffered a shocking Round of 32 loss in the tournament.
But the Atlanta Dream are extremely lucky to get a player who won Most Outstanding Player as a sophomore, and can rebound and defend among the best in the country, with the No. 6 pick. Jones is a 6-foot-1 guard with a high motor and league-ready strength. She’s too good to not make a W roster, even with her shortcomings.
Haley Jones’s WNBA player comp: Myisha Hines-Allen with much less shooting
Haley Jones’s ceiling: All-Star
Haley Jones’s final season by the numbers: 13.5 points per game, 43.2 FG%, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, 2.8 turnovers, 9.4 3-point %, 72.8 FT%
The WNBA is one of the hardest leagues in the world to crack. With only 144 roster spots (and more realistically, somewhere in the 130s given salary cap restraints), you have to be an elite player to step foot on the court. Haley Jones has the intangibles to be one of those players. She’s a home run swing who, if developed properly, could be the draft’s biggest steal.
Day: Monday, April 10
Time: 7 pm ET
Where: Spring Studios, New York City
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