Charles Jones (basketball, born 1962)

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Charles Jones
No. 34, 8, 51
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1962-01-12) January 12, 1962 (age 52)
Scooba, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school East Kemper (Scooba, Mississippi)
College Louisville (1980–1984)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career 1984–1991
Career history
19841986 Phoenix Suns
1987–1988 Portland Trail Blazers
1988–1989 Washington Bullets
1989–1990 Viola Reggio Calabria (Italy)
1990–1991 Kleenex Pistoia (Italy)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Charles Alexander Jones (born January 12, 1962) is a retired American basketball player who played for four seasons in the National Basketball Association. Primarily a forward, he played for the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Washington Bullets during his NBA career.

Jones was born and raised in Scooba, Mississippi, where he attended East Kemper High School.[1] An outstanding leaper, Jones still holds the rebound record for the Mississippi High School All-Star Game. He grabbed 29 rebounds in the 1980 Mississippi All-Star contest. Jones went on to the University of Louisville from 1980 to 1984, appearing in two Final Fours with the school during his career.[2] He was named the most valuable player in the 1982 Mid-East Regional of the NCAA Tournament held in Birmingham, Alabama. He averaged over eleven points and nearly ten rebounds in his senior year.[3]

In the 1984 NBA Draft, Jones was selected in the second round by the Phoenix Suns.[4] As a rookie, he appeared in 78 games, starting 14 of them, while averaging nearly eight-and-a-half points and over five rebounds per game.[1] In his second season, he played in only 43 games, while starting 18 of them, in a season which saw his per-game numbers go down. After the season, he was released by Phoenix.[1]

After not being on a roster during most of the 1986-87 NBA season, Jones was signed to a contract by the Portland Trail Blazers[1] with two games remaining in their season.[5] He did not make an appearance with the Blazers during those final two games, nor during the postseason. He remained on the Blazers' roster for the 1987-88 season, but appeared sparingly, averaging only five minutes per game. At the end of the season, Portland released Jones.[1]

In October 1988, Jones signed a contract with the Washington Bullets.[1] To avoid confusion with the Bullets' starting center also named Charles Jones, he was known as Charles A. Jones while in Washington.[6] He was waived at the end of the preseason, but was re-signed in December.[6] As a Bullet, he appeared in 43 games,[7] primarily serving as the team's 12th man.[8] After a season in Washington, he went to Europe and played two seasons of basketball in Italy before retiring from the sport.[9]

After retiring from basketball, Jones moved to the Louisville area and became an officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Charles Jones NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Louisville Cardinals Index". SR/College Basketball. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  3. ^ "Charles Jones Statistics". SR/College Basketball. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  4. ^ "1984 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  5. ^ "1986-87 Portland Trail Blazers Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  6. ^ a b Aldridge, David (1988-12-03). "King, Bullets Drive Hard, Fall Short; Pistons Hold On, 120-114". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ "1988-89 Washington Bullets Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  8. ^ Justice, Richard (1989-01-11). "Jones, Bullets Pound Boards, Nuggets". The Washington Post. 
  9. ^ "Legabasket - Charles Jones". Lega Basket Serie A. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  10. ^ "Louisville PAL Officers". Louisville Police Athletic League, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-09.