Oklahoma basketball projected starting five after Jalon Moore withdraws from the NBA Draft

Porter Moser will be on the hot seat in 2024 and if Oklahoma can't get back to the NCAA Tournament, then it could be his last season in Norman. On Wednesday, Moser got good news when Jalon Moore announced he was returning to school.
Oklahoma Sooners forward Jalon Moore (14)
Oklahoma Sooners forward Jalon Moore (14) / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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Jadon Jones only scored 12.1 points a game for Long Beach State last year, but the athletic lefty is an efficient scorer, shooting 37.7% from three and 64% at the rim. He’s an 82nd percentile catch-and-shoot player with a 58% effective field goal percentage, but off the dribble, he finished the year at 41% EFG% which is 29th percentile. 

If Jones plays off movement in Moser’s motion offense and sticks to his strengths, he’ll be an additive player, but if he can’t get separation without the ball in his hands and defenders run him off the three-point line, he’ll struggle to score against SEC defenders. Jones won't be able to bail Oklahoma out of possessions with his shot-making, something Otega Oweh was able to do as a slasher from the wing last year.

He wasn’t involved in dribble-handoffs much, but his 94th percentile 1.433 points per possession on those actions may have been a big part of the appeal for Moser. Jones is a unique player whom Oklahoma will need to have a specific plan for. Because of that, his performance will be a true litmus test of Moser’s ability to maximize the talent on his roster.