Perry Jones, PF
Birthday: September 24, 1991
Birthplace: Duncanville, TX
Weight: 235 lbs
NBA Comparison: Lamar Odom
High School: Duncanville
High School Career: Jones was the #7 player in the ESPNU 100, the #9 player in the class of 2010 by Scout.com, and also rated as the #9 player by Rivals.com. In his junior year, Jones, along with current 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.
College Career: Jones averaged 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game during his freshman season at Baylor. Despite the hype around the Baylor basketball program 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. 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 could be reinstated by the NCAA and eligible to play.
Awards and Honors:
- 2010 McDonald's All-American
- 2011 Sporting News' Top NBA Prospect in the Big 12
- 2011 USBWA Freshman All-American, Second Team
- 2011 Basketball Times Freshman All-American, Second Team
- 2011 CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-American
- 2011 NABC ALL-DISTRICT 8, Second Team
- 2011 All-Big 12, Second Team (Coaches, Dallas Morning News)
- 2011 All-Big 12, Third Team (Waco Tribune-Herald, Yahoo! Sports)
- 2011 All-Big 12, Honorable Mention (AP)
- 2011 Big 12 All-Rookie Team
- 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week