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College Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas praises new New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, whom he knows personally. 

Many fans and writers have criticized the New York Giants for selecting quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall. However, there’s one specific analyst who is praising the young quarterback out of Duke.

ESPN College Basketball analyst Jay Bilas previously coached Jones in high school. Jones and Bilas’s son, Anthony, played basketball together at Charlotte Latin High School in Charlotte, NC. Bilas coached his son and Jones’ AAU team for two summers.

Bilas praised Jones via Steve Serby of the New York Post, saying the Giants draftee is “an absolute warrior.”

“He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever met,” said Bilas. “One of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. No matter what happens to him, he’s gonna bring 100 percent all the time. He’s someone that you want to be on your team, whether it’s in a backup role where he might start out, or a starter. He’s not gonna have off-the-field issues.”

Bilas then went on to say that Jones is “very even-keel … he’s unflappable. He’s not incredibly demonstrative, but he’s really competitive. So you’re not gonna be able to read his emotions from everything he does, but he can really compete. And he’s tough as nails. He can take a beating and he keeps coming back and back.”

“Not gonna be able to read his emotions from everything he does.”

Does that sound familiar Giants fans? Big Blue has taken a guy they believe is the next Eli Manning through-and-through. He looks like him and acts like him. Hopefully, he can be the leader that Eli has been the last 15 years.

Jones tallied 22 touchdowns and only nine interceptions this past season as a Duke Blue Devil. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said that he saw a “professional quarterback” when he witnessed Jones play at this year’s Senior Bowl.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.