His emergence as a top point guard was really the final step in Tennessee's ascension to the No. 1 ranking for about a month last year. His ability to score and assist in concert made the Volunteers unguardable for long stretches in mid-season. Pay too much attention to Grant Williams inside or Admiral Schofield on the 3-point line, and you were throwing this team a Bone.
He averaged 13.7 points and 5.8 assists last year, collecting nearly three helpers for every turnover, a ratio that most coaches would take without question. Bone improved his field goal percentage from 39.1 as a sophomore to 46.5 last year, an indication that he took better shots. But his season ended in flat fashion as he was outplayed by Purdue's Carsen Edwards in a Sweet 16 loss.
No player was faster or quicker with or without the ball at the NBA Draft Scouting Combine in May. Bone starred in timed tests and five-on-five games with explosiveness that boggled the other guards in attendance.
The 6-3, 180-pound Bone is an outstanding athlete. He has a standing jump of 36 inches and can get up as high as 42 ½ inches, which will enable him to match up with most NBA point guards. Among the prospects who took the athleticism testing drills at the combine, no one covered three-quarters of the floor quicker than Bone's 3.03 seconds. He will test any defender with his quickness.
Bone has boasted an assist-turnover ratio of at least 2.1-1 in all three years at Tennessee. He converted free throws at a clip of better than 80 percent for his career and is capable of knocking down 3-pointers if you focus too much on his handle. One thing that is a bit of a surprise, though, is that he averaged less than a steal per game in his career.