DeLisha Lachell Milton-Jones (born September 11, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player and assistant coach of the Syracuse Orange women's basketball team. From 2017 to 2019, she coached the Pepperdine Waves women's basketball team. Milton-Jones played college basketball for the University of Florida. In her seventeen-season WNBA career, she has played for the Washington Mystics, the Los Angeles Sparks (twice), the San Antonio Stars, and the New York Liberty. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time WNBA champion, and has been selected to the WNBA All-Star Game three times.
Milton-Jones at the 2007 WNBA All-Star game.
|League||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Born||September 11, 1974|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Bradwell Institute|
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: Supplemental / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|1999–2004||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2006–2008||Ros Casares Valencia|
|2008–2009||Ros Casares Valencia|
|2008–2012||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2013||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|2013–2014||New York Liberty|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Field goals completed||.440|
|Free throws completed||.790|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Milton-Jones was born DeLisha Lachell Milton in Riceboro, Georgia in 1974. According to a DNA analysis, she descended, mainly, from Yoruba people and Hausa people of Nigeria. She attended Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia, where she played high school basketball for the Bradwell Tigers. Milton-Jones graduated from Bradwell in 1993.
Milton-Jones accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for coach Carol Ross's Florida Gators women's basketball team from 1993 to 1997. She was a four-year letterman, and led the Lady Gators to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. As a senior in 1996–97, she was recognized as an All-American by the Associated Press, Kodak and the Basketball Times; she was also the winner of the Wade Trophy and the Honda Sports Award for basketball, recognizing the best women's basketball player in NCAA Division I.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Milton-Jones represented the USA at the 1997 World University Games held in Marsala, Sicily, Italy in August 1997. The USA team won all six games, earning the gold medal at the event. Milton-Jones averaged 10.3 points per game and recorded 14 steals, second highest on the team.
Milton-Jones was named to the U.S. national team in 1998. The national team traveled to Berlin, Germany in July and August 1998 for the FIBA World Championships. The U.S. team won a close opening game against Japan 95–89, then won their next six games easily. In the semifinal game against Brazil, the U.S. team was behind as much as ten points in the first half, but the U.S. team went on to win 93–79. The gold medal game was a rematch against Russia. In the first game, the Americans dominated almost from the beginning, but in the rematch, the Russian team took the early lead and led much of the way. With under two minutes remaining, the U.S. team was down by two points but the Americans responded, then held on to win the gold medal 71–65. Milton-Jones averaged 7.1 points per game.
Milton-Jones is well known for the unusual length of her arms, which give her an eighty-four inch wingspan—typical of that of a seven-foot person. She was a member of the U.S. national women's basketball teams that won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, as well as the U.S. women's teams that won world championships in 1998 and 2002.
In 1999, Milton-Jones was drafted 4th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks. She would play the first six years of her career with the Sparks from 1999 to 2004, playing alongside Lisa Leslie. During her six-year tenure with the Sparks, Milton-Jones won two WNBA championships in 2001 and 2002.
In 2013, she signed with the San Antonio Silver Stars before being released and then signed by the New York Liberty. On July 9, 2014, Milton-Jones was traded to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for Swin Cash
In 2016, Milton-Jones was released by the Dream.
In September 2016, Miton-Jones officially announced her retirement.
In 2003, she won the Euroleague Championship with team Ekaterinburg in Russia. In the 2005–06 season, she won the Euroleague with Gambrinus Brno of the Czech Republic and for the season 2006–07 she signed a two-year contract with Ros Casares Valencia of Spain. During the 2008–2009 WNBA off-season, Milton-Jones played for Ros Casares Valencia in Spain. for whom she also played during the 2007-08 off-season.
- 2001-2002: Lavezzini Basket Parma (Italy)
- 2002-2004: UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
- 2007-2009: Ros Casares Valencia (Spain)
Awards and honorsEdit
Milton-Jones has received numerous awards and honors, some of which are listed below.
- 2000 & 2008 Olympic Games
- 2007 Tournament of Americas
- 1998 & 2002 FIBA World Championship
- 2002 Opals World Challenge
- 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup
- 1997 World University Games
- 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival
- 2006 FIBA World Championship
- 1997 SEC Player of the Year
- 1997 State Farm Wade Trophy
- 1997 First-team All-American
- 1997 First-team All-Southeastern Conference
- 1996 First-team All-Southeastern Conference
- 1995 Second-team All-Southeastern Conference
- 1994 Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team
- SEC Player of the Week (February 27, 1995; December 15, 1996; January 5, 1997; January 26, 1997)
WNBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|Bold||Career high||League leader|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Milton-Jones won a WNBA championship|
|Career||17 years, 5 teams||499||435||28.8||.440||.325||.790||5.2||1.8||1.2||0.7||2.4||11.2|
|Career||10 years, 2 teams||50||47||33.4||.440||.459||.741||6.1||2.3||1.5||1.0||2.1||11.5|
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5UtsdBCSyU DeLisha Milton Jones Ancestry Reveal
- "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
- F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- "Nine Members Inducted Into University of Florida Athletics Hall of Fame Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine," GatorZone.com (April 13, 2007). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
- "Florida Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "Eighteenth World University Games -- 1993". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
- "Thirteenth World Championship For Women -- 1998". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, DeLisha Milton-Jones. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "MYSTICS: MYSTICS ACQUIRE TAJ MCWILLIAMS-FRANKLIN". www.wnba.com. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "DeLisha Milton-Jones plays in 497th WNBA game, setting record". ESPN. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
- Sue Bird plays 500th WNBA game to set all-time record
- Atlanta cuts 41-year-old Milton-Jones, WNBA’s oldest player
- DeLisha Milton-Jones retires, is ready for next phase
- Offseason 2008-09: Overseas Roster
- Offseason 2007-08: Overseas Roster
- DeLisha Milton-Jones and Her Husband (And Moving On)[permanent dead link]
- "Dream's Delisha Milton-Jones Wins 2015 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award". www.wnba.com/. October 1, 2015. Retrieved 1 Oct 2015.