Perry Jones III is a projected lottery pick in June's draft
April 9, 2012
WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s basketball sophomore forward Perry Jones III has declared for the 2012 NBA Draft and will forgo his final two years of eligibility.
Jones III, who returned for his sophomore season after being a projected a top-five pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 33 games and helped lead Baylor to the Elite Eight for the second time in three seasons. He was one of two Baylor players to earn All-American honorable mention from The Associated Press, while also picking up USBWA All-District VII and NABC All-District 8 honors. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the AP, ESPN.com and Kansas City Star and third-team by the league coaches.
The Duncanville, Texas, product was named the 2011-12 Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, becoming the first player in program history to earn conference preseason player of the year honors.
“I want to thank Baylor Nation for an unbelievable two years,” Jones III said. “Baylor will always be a second home to me and I look forward to spending a lot of time in Waco and working towards finishing my degree.
“Thanks again to all the great Baylor fans for accepting me into your family,” Jones III said.
As a freshman in 2010-11, Jones III was a unanimous Big 12 All-Rookie selection and earned freshman All-American honors from USBWA, Basketball Times and CollegeInsider.com after posting 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 30 games.
“It was an honor and a privilege to coach Perry Jones III,” head coach Scott Drew said. “Everyone knows what a great play Perry is, but as I have said before, he is even a better person and teammate. We will all miss not having him around, but we look forward to him having a very long and successful NBA career.
“We would like to thank the Jones family for trusting us with their son,” Drew said.
Chad Ford, senior NBA writer for ESPN.com, projects PJ3 to become the second lottery pick in program history, going to the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 8 selection. He also projected as a lottery pick by both NBADraft.net (No. 13 / Phoenix Suns) and DraftExpress.com (No. 9 / Utah Jazz).
Jones III’s complete bio can be found at www.BaylorBears.com. Follow the Official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball, @BaylorMBB.
JONES III CAREER HONORS
Freshman All-American, first team (CollegeInsider.com)
Freshman All-American, second team (Basketball Times, USBWA)
NABC All-District 8, second team
All-Big 12, second team (coaches, Dallas Morning News)
All-Big 12, third team (Waco Tribune-Herald, Yahoo! Sports)
All-Big 12, honorable mention (AP)
Big 12 All-Rookie, unanimous selection (coaches)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Nov. 22, 2010; Jan. 17, 2011; Feb. 28, 2011)
All-American, honorable mention (AP)
Naismith Trophy Midseason 30
Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List
John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25
NABC All-District 8, second team
USBWA All-District VII
Big 12 All-Tournament Team
All-Big 12, second team (AP, ESPN.com, Kansas City Star)
All-Big 12, third team (coaches)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Player of the Week (Dec. 19, 2011; Jan. 16, 2012)
JONES III CAREER HIGHS
Points: 31 — vs. Kansas State, 3/8/12
FG: 11, twice — last vs. Kansas State, 3/8/12
FGA: 17 — at Kansas, 1/16/12
3FG: 2, three times
3FGA: 3 — vs. Saint Mary’s, 12/22/11
FT: 10 — vs. Oklahoma State, 1/22/11
FTA: 12 — vs. Oklahoma State, 1/22/11
Rebounds: 14 — vs. Texas, 1/28/12
Assists: 4, three times
Steals: 5 — at Texas Tech, 1/8/11
Blocks: 4, twice — last vs. Saint Mary’s, 12/22/11
Turnovers: 7 — vs. Grambling State, 11/12/10
Minutes Played: 43 — at Texas A&M, 2/5/11
Double-Figure Points: 47 (33-14); 20+ Points: 11 (10-1); Double-Figure Rebounds: 16 (12-4); Led Team in Rebounds: 24 (16-8); Double-Doubles: 12 (9-3)