Perry Jones III
Jones with the Thunder
|No. 3 – Oklahoma City Thunder|
September 24, 1991 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Pro playing career||2012–present|
|2012–present||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2012–2013||→Tulsa 66ers (D-League)|
High school career
He was the #7 player in the ESPNU 100, the #9 player in the class of 2010 by Scout.com, and also rated as the #9 player by Rivals.com. In his junior year, Jones, along with future Texas forward Shawn Williams, led Duncanville to the Texas 5A championship game where they lost to Cedar Hill High School 59–51. Duncanville finished with a 23-9 record for the season.
In recognition of his outstanding career, Jones was named to the 2010 McDonald's All-American team.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Duncanville, Texas||Duncanville HS||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||Apr 17, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 97|
Jones committed to Baylor on April 17, 2007, and started playing for them in the 2010–11 NCAA season. He was ranked as the #7 overall player on ESPN, the 9th ranked by Rivals, and the 14th ranked by Scout.com.
Jones had 11 points and 8 rebounds in his Baylor debut.
Jones averaged 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game during his freshman season at Baylor. Despite the hype around the Baylor basketball program coming into the season, the Bears finished with a record of 18-13 (7-9 Big 12) and failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Despite Baylor's struggles Perry Jones was still named to the All-Big 12 Second Team along with Kansas junior Markieff Morris, Texas freshman Tristan Thompson, Iowa State senior Diante Garrett, and Texas A&M sophomore Khris Middleton.
On March 10, 2011, NCAA investigators ruled Perry Jones ineligible for receiving improper benefits from his AAU coach prior to enrolling at Baylor University. (The benefits were reportedly three 15-day loans to Jones' parents totaling less than $1,000, all of which were paid back.) Jones was forced to sit out of Baylor's game against Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament, which the Bears lost by 17 eliminating their chances at an NCAA Tournament berth. Jones could return to Baylor next season on an athletic scholarship, but would have to sit out the first five games of the 2011-2012 season before he could be reinstated by the NCAA and eligible to play.
On April 11, 2011, Perry Jones announced that he would be returning to Baylor for his sophomore season.
Jones was a projected lottery pick in the 2012 NBA draft, but fell to 28th overall when he was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League.
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- "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals150 for class of 2010". Rivalshoops.rivals.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Cedar Hill beats No. 1 Duncanville again". VYPE. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Sin City Sensations". Slam Online. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- Texas and Big 12 Basketball Capsules: No. 16 Baylor opens with 87-52 win over Grambling
- Perry Jones named to 2011 All Big 12 Second Team
- Perry Jones ruled ineligible by NCAA
- Perry Jones returning to school
- "Thunder Selects Perry Jones III with 28th Pick". NBA.com. June 28, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- 2012-13 NBA Assignments