2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament | Day 3 Media
Prior to UofL:
Honored as the 2013 National Junior College Division I Player of the Year by the NABC, was a two-time first-team NJCAA All-American and was twice named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year.
Averaged 21.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals as a sophomore last season in leading Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. to a 30-4 record and the second consecutive national runner-up position. He ranked fifth in the nation in scoring and seventh in steals.
Led Northwest Florida to a combined 62-6 record in two seasons there.
Helped Northwest Florida recover from a 17-point deficit in the last 3 1/2 minutes to beat New Mexico
88-87 in overtime in the second round of the NJCAA Championships, scoring 27 points and handing out seven assists. It was one of four victories in which the Raiders recovered from at least a 19-point second-half deficit to win.
Scored 49 points in an overtime victory over Lee (Texas) College on Nov. 24, including a 75-footer at the buzzer for the victory after rebounding a missed free throw. He also hit another buzzer-beating game-winner later in the season against Pensacola State.
Averaged 18.0 points, 4.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game as a freshman at Northwest Florida State, earning first team NCJAA All-America honors after leading Northwest Florida to a 32-2 record and a national runner-up finish.
A top 50 prospect as a senior at Melrose (Tenn.) High School, Jones originally signed with Tennessee in the same class as current Cardinal Kevin Ware before opting for the junior college route.
Rated as the nation's 10th-best point guard in high school by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, and the No. 39 prospect overall by Rivals.
Averaged 20.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game as a junior in leading Melrose to the Tennessee Class AAA state title and a No. 15 finish in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 national rankings. He earned first-team all-state honors and was the state tournament MVP after scoring 35 points in the championship game. He scored 1,402 in three high school seasons.
Transferred for his senior year to Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy, where he averaged 22.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.8 steals.
Also considered Memphis, Kansas, Baylor, Florida State and Oklahoma State before his commitment to the Cardinals.
Born July 3, 1991 ... Son of Christy Jones ... Has three siblings (Charisma, Charity, Chasmine) ... Major is communication.
Personal goal at UofL is to win a national championship.
Best moment of his athletic career to date was connecting on a 75-foot, game-winning shot last year.
Enjoys playing horse shoes and pool in his spare time.
Chose to attend UofL to be "closer to home, Louisville has great coaches and fans, and the team is a brotherhood."
Best basketball advice given to him was "no matter how small you are, you can make it."
Most proud of his family.
His high school coach Jermain Johnson has had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
Feels Denzel Washington would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is a poster of Allen Iverson.
Among reality shows, he feels he would fare best on Real Husbands of LA.
Wearing No. 3 because he loves the number and has been wearing it throughout his basketball career.
What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: everything.
Few people know that he likes to sing in the shower.
Would most like to meet Allen Iverson.
Basketball Player: LeBron James
Athlete, other than a basketball player: Roger Federer