Feb. 11, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor men's basketball signee Perry Jones has been selected to the prestigious 2010 McDonald's All-American High School Team, a 24-man squad consisting of the nation's elite players.
The 6-foot-11 power forward from Duncanville, Texas, will play for the East Team in the 33rd McDonald's All-American Game March 31 at ValueCity Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be televised live at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN.
Jones, the only player from Texas selected to the team, is the second player in Baylor program history to play in the McDonald's All-American Game, joining senior Tweety Carter. Carter played for the West Team in the 2006 McDonald's All-American Game.
"We are extremely excited and proud of Perry, who's very deserving of such a great honor," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "We know how hard he's worked to make it to the McDonald's All-American Game and his hard work and dedication has paid dividends.
"Being the only player from Texas selected (to play in the McDonald's All-American Game) is also quite an honor in itself," Drew said.
Jones is the highest ranked recruit in program history and Drew's fourth consensus top-50 recruit in seven seasons at Baylor. He is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPNU Top 100, No. 4 by Scout.com and No. 5 by Rivals.com. Both Rivals.com and Scout.com list Jones as a five-star recruit. Jones is also rated the second-best power forward by ESPNU and Rivals.com and second-best center by Scout.com. He is also rated No.7 nationally by MaxPreps.com.
As a junior last season at Duncanville, Jones, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation by Sporting News, averaged 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. Jones was named UIL District 7-5A Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2008-09. Duncanville was ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation last season.
Proceeds from the McDonald's All-American Game will help support the host city's local Ronald McDonald House charities and initiatives.