Chris Jones (basketball)

Christopher Rasheed Jones[1] (born July 3, 1991) is an American professional basketball player. After two years at Northwest Florida State and two years at Louisville Jones entered the 2015 NBA draft but was not selected in the draft's two rounds.

Chris Jones
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Personal information
Born (1991-07-03) July 3, 1991 (age 28)
Memphis, Tennessee
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High schoolMelrose (Memphis, Tennessee)
College
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
PositionPoint guard
Career history
2015Yeşilgiresun Belediye
2015BG Göttingen
2015–2016Paris-Levallois
2016Apollon Patras
2017Antibes Sharks
2017–2018Al Ahli SC
2019Windsor Express
2019Valur
Career highlights and awards
  • NJCAA Division III Player of the Year (2013)
  • 2× NJCAA All-American (2012, 2013)

High school careerEdit

Jones played high school basketball at Melrose High School in Memphis, Tennessee where he was the Co-Star a long the side of Adonis Thomas Chris was a top 50 prospect as a senior at Melrose (Tenn.) High School, Jones originally signed with Tennessee in the same class as former Cardinal Kevin Ware before opting for the junior college route. He was 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. He also averaged 20.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game as a junior in helping lead Melrose to a 26-7 overall record and 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.[2]

College careerEdit

A 6'0" point guard, Jones was a junior college star at Northwest Florida State, where he was voted as the Division III NJCAA Player of the Year. After considering offers from major conference schools, he signed with Louisville and coach Rick Pitino.[3]

He had been suspended from the Syracuse game on February 18 after having sent a threatening text message to a woman he had previously dated, after that woman went into his apartment when Jones was not present and "messed up" his room[4] but was reinstated several days later. After playing against Miami on February 21, he missed that night's curfew, leading to his dismissal. He was dismissed from Louisville on February 22, 2015. Several days after that, Jones was charged with rape stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred the night of the Miami game.[5] In late April, a grand jury chose not to indict Jones and his two co-defendants in the case.[6] Chris Jones and the two co-defendants were exonerated of the all charges after the grand jury heard 2 days of testimony from the two co-defendants and witnesses.[7] Also worthy of note the lead investigator for the University of Louisville Police Lt. John Tarter, was lead detective on 3 other rape cases in which 3 other defendants were convicted and then later exonerated. In one of those cases, the city paid a $3.9 million settlement to William Gregory, who was cleared by DNA evidence.[8]

Professional careerEdit

Jones began his pro career in the 2015–16 season in Turkey, with the Yeşilgiresun Belediye.[9] He left the club after some days and joined BG Goettingen. On October 20, 2015, he moved to Paris-Levallois[10]

On August 23, 2016, Jones signed in Greece with Apollon Patras of the Greek Basket League.[11] Jones was released from the Greek team on October 11, 2016 due to Club payment issues. On March 16, 2017, he signed with French club Antibes Sharks as an injury replacement player.[12] On April 10, 2017, he parted ways with Antibes after appearing in two games.[13]

Jones signed with Úrvalsdeild karla club Valur prior to the 2019–20 season. In his debut, Jones scored a season high 31 points in a victory against Fjölnir.[14] On October 31, he refused to play the second half of Valur’s game against Keflavík, effectively ending his stay with the club. Valur officially terminated its contract with Jones the following day.[15] In five games for Valur, Jones averaged 19.0 points and 3.8 assists.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chris JONES
  2. ^ http://www.gocards.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=358&path=mbball
  3. ^ "Louisville's Chris Jones not typical junior college recruit". si.com. April 6, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  4. ^ Goodman, Jeff (February 23, 2015). "Chris Jones sent threatening text". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Forde, Pat (March 3, 2015). "Forde Minutes: College basketball narrative takes dark turn as March arrives". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Riley, Jason (April 29, 2015). "Grand jury decides not to indict Chris Jones and co-defendants in rape case". Louisville, KY: WDRB. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Chris Jones in tears after rape exoneration". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  8. ^ "Chris Jones didn't rape women, partygoer says". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  9. ^ "Former Louisville guard Chris Jones signs with Yesilgiresun Belediye". Sportando.com. September 4, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Chris Jones leaves BG Goettingen, will play in France". Sportando.com. October 20, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Apollon Patras lands Chris Jones". feb.es. August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  12. ^ Antibes Shark put Chris Jones at point
  13. ^ Chris Jones, Antibes Sharks part ways
  14. ^ Arnór Fannar Theodórsson (3 October 2019). "Umfjöllun og viðtöl: Fjölnir - Valur 87-94 - Valsmenn unnu nýliðana". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  15. ^ Kristinn Páll Teitsson (1 November 2019). "Valur riftir samningi við Chris Jones". Fréttablaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  16. ^ Hallfreðsson, Bjarni Þórarinn (31 October 2019). "Bandaríski leikmaður Vals neitaði að spila seinni hálfleikinn og Valur í leit að nýjum leikmanni". Vísir.is. Retrieved 31 October 2019.

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