Jason Preston (born August 10, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Ohio Bobcats.
|No. 17 – Los Angeles Clippers|
|Born||August 10, 1999|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||187 lb (85 kg)|
|NBA draft||2021 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|2021–present||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Preston played basketball for William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida, averaging two points per game over two years. He stood about 6 ft (1.83 m) and weighed 140 lbs (64 kg) out of high school and applied to the University of Central Florida as a regular student, planning to major in journalism. After competing on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit, Preston chose to play basketball at a prep school, joining Believe Prep Academy in Athens, Tennessee. He grew four inches (10 cm) and gained experience as a point guard. Preston averaged 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds per game, leading his team to a 31–8 record. He started out playing for the B team and was elevated to the A team after a series of strong performances, but began playing for the C team after receiving little playing time. Preston eventually managed to rejoin the A team. After posting his highlights to Twitter, Preston received college basketball offers from Ohio and Longwood, eventually committing to play for Ohio.
As a freshman at Ohio, Preston averaged six points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, earning MAC All-Freshman Team honors. On November 13, 2019, he posted a sophomore season-high 27 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in an 81–72 win over Iona. On January 21, 2020, Preston recorded 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in an 83–74 loss to Toledo. On February 8, he scored 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, becoming the second player in program history to register a triple-double, in a 77–46 win over Miami (Ohio). As a sophomore, Preston averaged 16.8 points, 7.4 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game and was a Second Team All-MAC selection. He led the MAC and ranked second in the nation in assists.
On November 27, 2020, Preston recorded a career-high 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds in a 77–75 loss to eighth-ranked Illinois. His story drew national attention following the performance. On January 23, 2021, he posted his second triple-double, with 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in an 85–77 win against Ball State. Preston was named most valuable player of the MAC Tournament after leading Ohio to the title. On March 20, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, he helped the 13th-seeded Bobcats to a 62–58 upset victory over fourth-seeded Virginia, recording 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. As a junior, Preston averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, earning First Team All-MAC honors. On April 26, 2021, he declared for the 2021 NBA draft while maintaining his college eligibility. He later decided to remain in the draft.
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Preston's mother, Judith Sewell, died of lung cancer when Preston was a junior in high school. His father was absent from his life. After his mother's death, Preston's aunt and uncle, who were living in Jamaica, became his legal guardians, though he remained in the United States and lived with the son of his mother's friend. He grew up watching the Detroit Pistons and has written about the team for online publications.
- Arkley, Jason (February 25, 2019). "Preston an unlikely freshman standout for Bobcats". The Athens Messenger. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- Lopresti, Mike (November 30, 2020). "Keep an eye on Ohio's unheralded Jason Preston, an early star in college basketball 2020". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
- "Ohio Men's Basketball Adds Preston To 2018-19 Signing Class". Ohio University. May 15, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- "Jason Preston". Ohio University. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- "Preston scores 27 pts to lead Ohio over Iona 81-72". ESPN. Associated Press. November 13, 2019. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- McMillan, Lonnie (January 21, 2020). "Jackson, Knapke lead Toledo past Ohio 83-74". Bobcat Attack. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- Poisal, Anthony (February 8, 2020). "Men's Basketball: Jason Preston's pregame suggestion, triple-double carry Ohio to blowout win over Miami". The Post. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- Mauro, Bryan (July 19, 2020). "MAC Basketball: In-depth look at Ohio Bobcats junior guard Jason Preston". Busting Brackets. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- Werner, Jeremy (November 27, 2020). "Quick hits: No. 8 Illini survive scare from Ohio 77-75". 247Sports. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- Sykes II, Mike D. (November 28, 2020). "Listen to Ohio guard Jason Preston's absolutely incredible story". For The Win. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
- Colant, Juliana (November 29, 2020). "OU point guard Jason Preston goes viral over the weekend; Athens County has over 2,000 COVID-19 cases". The Post. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
- Gaydos, Ryan (November 28, 2020). "Ohio University point guard's backstory goes viral as he drops 31 points vs. Illinois". Fox News. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
- "Preston triple-double leads Ohio past Ball St. 85-77". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. January 23, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
- Kirven, J. L. (March 14, 2021). "Men's Basketball: Jason Preston and Ben Vander Plas lead Ohio back to the NCAA Tournament". The Post. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
- Marot, Michael (March 21, 2021). "Virginia loses 62-58 to Preston, Ohio, ending title defense". Associated Press. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
- "Men's Basketball: Jason Preston declares for the 2021 NBA Draft". The Post. April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (July 7, 2021). "Ohio Bobcats guard Jason Preston to remain in 2021 NBA draft, sign with agent". ESPN. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
- Mirjam, Swanson (July 30, 2021). "Clippers eager to bet on Ohio's Jason Preston". The Orange County Register. Retrieved August 1, 2021.