Perry James Jones III (born September 24, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Baylor.
High school career
He was the #7 player in the ESPNU 100, the #9 player in the class of 2010 by Scout.com, and additionally 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||Home town||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 had been ranked as the #7 overall player on ESPN, the ninth ranked by Rivals, and the fourteenth 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 throughout his freshman season at Baylor. Despite the hype around the Baylor basketball programme 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 can 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.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2012–2015)
Jones was a projected lottery pick in the 2012 NBA draft, but fell to 28th overall when he had been selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Throughout his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.
After receiving limited opportunities with the Thunder in 2012–13, Jones went on to play 62 games in 2013–14 with averages of 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. On November 24, 2013, he scored a season-high 13 points in the 95-73 win over the Utah Jazz. Jones additionally appeared in 11 playoff games throughout the 2014 NBA Playoffs, scoring a playoff-high of 8 points in Game 1 of the Thunder's semi-final match-up against the Los Angeles Clippers.
On October 30, 2014, Jones scored a career-high 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting in the 90-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Iowa Energy (2015–2016)
On July 14, 2015, Jones was traded, along with a 2019 second round pick and cash considerations, to the Boston Celtics in exchange for a conditional 2018 second-round pick. The deal generated a traded player exception for the Thunder. On October 24, he had been waived by the Celtics after appearing in five preseason games. On October 31, he had been selected by the Iowa Energy with the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Development League draft. On March 23, 2016, he had been waived by Iowa.
NBA career statistics
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