Johnathon Jones

Johnathon Christopher Jones (born May 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who last played for KK Igokea of the Bosnian League and Adriatic League. At the collegiate level, he played with Oakland. As a junior in 2008–09, he led the NCAA Division I in assists per game with an 8.06 average. Jones first played professionally with MBK Rieker Komárno of the Slovak Extraliga. He was not selected in the 2010 NBA draft.

Johnathon Jones
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Free agent
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1988-05-01) May 1, 1988 (age 32)
Okemos, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed weight160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High schoolOkemos (Okemos, Michigan)
CollegeOakland (2006–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–2012MBK Rieker Komárno
2012Fraport Skyliners
2012–2014HKK Široki
2014–2015KK Igokea
Career highlights and awards

High school careerEdit

Jones attended Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan. He gained state attention after completing his senior season, and achieved star status with the basketball team according to several reports from the Lansing State Journal. However, he still managed to finish his third year at Okemos averaging 19.8 points, 6.0 assists, and 5.0 steals. Jones also played American football with the school team, lettering as quarterback.

In his early years with Okemos High School, Jones became a huge contributor to the team's exceptional ranking and record. However, the team was knocked out of the state tournament in 2004 by Holt High School despite their rivals barely holding onto a .500 record and a winning season. However, in the following season, Jones scored 39 total points in a triple-overtime win over Holt, which was regarded as one of the greatest games in the history of the rivalry. On February 25, 2006, Okemos won again, with Jones scoring nine points, his lowest total in the season. He later said, "I knew they would (come through) ... It was a tie game, and they wanted the shots. I gave them the ball and that's what happens. It was hard. (But) I know the other players were open and I gave it to them." The win initiated a triumph in the Capital Area Activities Conference.[1][2][3] Jones logged 38 points in his state championship game appearance. He finished his senior year averaging 21.6 points and 6.0 assists.

Following his final season at Okemos, Jones garnered several prestigious honors. He lettered in all four years under head coach Dan Stolz, and was named a Who's Who Among American High School Student, a list of younger athletes who have excelled in academics, extracurricular activities and community service. In his last year, Jones was also nominated to participate in the 2006 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, a roster dominated by the likes of Kevin Durant. He finished fourth in the voting for Mr. Basketball of Michigan and was named CAAC Conference Player of the Year on multiple occasions. He was also tabbed to the All-State first team.[4]

Jones stood 5'11" and weighed 160 pounds at the time of his recruitment. He made the decision to stay close to home by committing to Oakland on April 12, 2006. Some of his other choices were Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green, and Dayton. Jones was not given any rating by Rivals.com.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hail to the Chiefs: No. 3 Okemos 56; No. 2 Holt 49". LansingStateJournal.com. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Prep basketball: Holt/Okemos is a hoops rivalry that rivals none". LansingStateJournal.com. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Prep basketball: This time, it's Okemos". LansingStateJournal.com. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Johnathon Jones". OUGrizzlies.com. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Johnathon Jones". Yahoo.com. Rivals. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  6. ^ Faletti, Mike. "Jones Decides to Stay Close to Home". Rivals.com. MichiganPreps.com. Retrieved 9 August 2014.