Blue Coats select Jones, Key in G League Draft

The Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, selected Jemerrio Jones (No. 18 overall) and Braxton Key (No. 25 overall) in Monday’s 2021 NBA G League Draft.

Jones, one of just nine selections in this year’s draft to have previously spent time on an NBA roster, was named to the 2019-20 All-NBA G League Third Team last season as a member of the Wisconsin Herd. In 42 games (40 starts) with the Herd, the 6-5 Jones averaged 10.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game. He led the G League in total rebounds (504) and finished the season as the only player in the league with 500-plus rebounds and 150-plus assists.

Jones began his professional career with the South Bay Lakers during the 2018-19 G League season. He was called up to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 31, 2019. In six games (two starts) with the L.A. Lakers, Jones posted 4.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks in 23.8 minutes per contest. The Memphis native recorded at least 10 rebounds in three of his six career NBA games. As a collegian, Jones was the 2018 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Year at New Mexico State.

Key played his final two collegiate seasons at Virginia, where he helped the Cavaliers to the 2019 NCAA Championship. He scored six points and recorded a season-high-tying 10 rebounds in the 85-77 overtime win over Texas Tech on April 8, 2019. In 27 games (25 starts) as a senior last season, Key averaged 9.9 points, a team-high 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 33.6 minutes per game. The 6-8 Key began his college career with two seasons at Alabama, where he was selected to the 2017 SEC All-Freshman team.