Merlakia Jones

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Merlakia Jones
Personal information
Born (1974-06-21) June 21, 1974 (age 44)
Montgomery, Alabama
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight147 lb (67 kg)
Career information
High schoolGeorge Washington Carver
(Montgomery, Alabama)
CollegeFlorida (1991–1995)
WNBA draft1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Rockers
Playing career1997–2004
Career history
1997–2003Cleveland Rockers
2004Detroit Shock
Career highlights and awards
Career WNBA statistics
Field goal %.420
Free throw %.753
Stats at

Merlakia Jones (born June 21, 1974) is a former American college and professional basketball player who was a guard in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for eight seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. Jones played college basketball for the University of Florida, and then played professionally for the Cleveland Rockers and Detroit Shock of the WNBA.

Early years[edit]

Jones was born to George and Jacqueline Jones in Montgomery, Alabama. She attended George Washington Carver in Montgomery, and was a standout high school basketball player for the G.W. Carver Wolverines.

College career[edit]

Jones accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for coach Carol Ross's Florida Gators women's basketball team from 1991 to 1995.

Florida statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1991-92 Florida 28 420 54.1% 0.0% 77.1% 5.0 0.9 1.1 0.5 15.0
1992-93 Florida 29 438 47.2% 25.0% 66.2% 7.0 1.4 2.2 0.5 15.1
1993-94 Florida 28 520 51.4% 25.0% 68.0% 10.1 1.8 1.9 0.7 18.6
1994-95 Florida 33 623 43.6% 24.8% 69.2% 6.3 1.6 1.4 0.6 18.9
TOTALS Florida 118 2001 48.3% 24.8% 70.1% 7.0 1.4 1.6 0.1 17.0

USA Basketball[edit]

Jones represented the US at the 1995 World University Games held in Fukuoka, Japan in August and September 1995. The team had a record of 5–1, securing the silver medal. The USA teams won early and reached a record of 5–0 when the USA beat Yugoslavia. In the semi-final game, the USA faced Russia. The team was behind much of the first half but managed to tie the game at the half. The USA broke the game open in the second half and won 101–74, with Frett contributing a double-double, 20 points and 13 rebounds. The gold medal match was against unbeaten Italy. The Italian team started strong, scoring 12 of the first 14 points of the contest. The USA took a small lead in the second half, but the team from Italy responded with a ten-point run, and won the game and the gold medal by a score of 73–65. Jones averaged 2.3 points per game.[2]

Professional career[edit]

The Cleveland Rockers selected Jones in the second round (thirteenth pick overall) of the 1997 WNBA Draft, and she played for the Rockers from 1997 to 2003.[3] She played her WNBA final season Detroit Shock in 2004.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Florida Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  2. ^ "Seventeenth World University Games -- 1993". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-10-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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