Wallace Jones

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Wallace Jones
No. 17
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1926-07-14) July 14, 1926 (age 88)
Harlan, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Harlan (Harlan, Kentucky)
College Kentucky (1945–1949)
NBA draft 1949 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Washington Capitols
Pro playing career 1949–1952
Career history
19491952 Indianapolis Olympians
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,428 (10.2 ppg)
Rebounds 408 (5.1 rpg)
Assists 429 (3.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Wallace "Wah Wah" Clayton Jones (born July 14, 1926) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association from 1949 to 1952 with the Indianapolis Olympians.


Jones was born in Harlan, Kentucky. He holds the unique distinction of being an All-American under both legends, Adolph Rupp (basketball) and Bear Bryant (football) when both coached at Kentucky. He is the only player to have his number retired in both football and basketball at Kentucky. At the University of Kentucky, Jones was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He won a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics with Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five" and the Phillips 66ers.[1]

A jersey honoring Jones hangs in Rupp Arena.

In 1953 Jones was elected the sheriff of Fayette County, Kentucky.[2] In 1956 Jones was the Republican nominee for Kentucky's 6th congressional district seat in the United States House of Representatives. Though Dwight Eisenhower, heading the Republican ticket, carried the state, Jones lost the election to Democrat John C. Watts.[3]


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