MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kevin Jones knew the limelight would belong to Devin Ebanks Tuesday and never intended to join his teammate in making a definitive statement about playing in the NBA.
For a time, though, it was a possibility.
On the night Ebanks revealed he'd signed with an agent and would skip his final two seasons to stay in the draft, Jones admitted he, too, considered entering the process himself.
"I did think about it, but I thought about it again and figured my chances weren't as good as they could be in the future," the 6-foot-8, 250-pound sophomore forward said.
"I never actually did it. It was just a thought, but I did think about it."
Jones said his decision-making process began in discussions with his older brother, Gerard. Underclassmen are allowed to enter the draft and withdraw their name once in their college careers and it made sense to Jones to at least consider the option, he said.
He started all 38 games this year after coming off the bench in all 35 games last season and went from 19.3 minutes per game to 33. His production jumped similarly. He bumped his scoring average from 6.3 to 13.5 points per game, and his rebounding average from 4.9 to 7.2.
Most noticeable was his improved shooting. Jones was 3-for-14 from 3-point range as a freshman, but made 42 of 104 (40.4 percent) attempts as a sophomore in helping WVU go 31-7.
"With the season we had and all the success we had and my success personally, I had to think about the things I could do, but I didn't think I was at that level yet," he said.
The decision came after some research. Jones went to the WVU coaching staff and it was agreed WVU would solicit opinions from NBA people.
Jones said he was told he'd be a second-round pick.