Jonquel Orthea Jones (born January 5, 1994) is a Bahamian professional basketball player with the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft. Since May 2019, she also holds citizenship of Bosnia-Herzegovina, allowing her to play for this national team.
Jonquel Jones accepts the award for 2017 WNBA Most Improved Player
|No. 35 – Connecticut Sun|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Born||January 5, 1994|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Riverdale Baptist School|
(Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
|WNBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks|
|2016–2017||Asan Woori Bank Wibee|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Clemson and George Washington statisticsEdit
|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|
In 2016, Jones was acquired by the Connecticut Sun after having her draft rights traded by the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for Chelsea Gray and two draft picks. In her rookie season, Jones was the backup center for the Sun. She averaged 6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.1 bpg in 34 games with 6 starts.
In her second season, Jones became the starting center for the Sun. Jones had a breakout season in 2017 in her new starting role. After an 0–4 start, Jones led the Sun to their first win of the season, scoring 23 points along with 21 rebounds in a 97–79 win over the Chicago Sky, making her the 13th player in league history to record a 20-point, 20-rebound performance. On July 8, 2017, the Sun made history as they completed the biggest comeback in franchise history after defeating the Washington Mystics 96–92 after overcoming a 22-point deficit as they improved to 10–7, Jones scored a team-high 22 points along with 9 rebounds in the win. Jones was selected to the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, her first career All-Star Game appearance. She finished the season averaging a double-double in points and rebounds and also averaged career-highs in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, quickly emerging as one of the rising young stars in the league. She broke the single season record for rebounds, grabbing 403 rebounds in the 2017 season, breaking Tina Charles previous record of 398 (record was broken by Sylvia Fowles in 2018). Jones would also win the 2017 WNBA Most Improved Player Award. Her breakout season performance, along with Jasmine Thomas and Alyssa Thomas both emerging as all-stars would lead the Sun back to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. They finished with a 21–13 record as the fourth seed in the league, receiving a bye to the second round elimination game. In her first career playoff game, Jones scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in an 88–83 loss to the number 5-seeded Phoenix Mercury.
In 2018, Jones would have a reduced role on the team despite her success from last season. She started in 16 of the 34 games played but would still effective for the Sun both in the starting lineup and off the bench. By the end of the season, Jones won the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year award. The Sun made it back to the playoffs as the number 4 seed with a 21-13 record, receiving a bye to the second round. However the Sun would lose yet again to the Phoenix Mercury in the second round elimination game by a final score of 96-86.
During the 2016-17 off-season, Jones signed with Asan Woori Bank Wibee of the Women's Korean Basketball League and won a championship with the team. In October 2017, Jones signed with Shanxi Flame of the Women's Chinese Basketball Association for the 2017-18 off-season. In August 2018, Jones signed with UMMC Ekaterinburg of the Russian League.
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|
|Career||3 years, 1 team||102||56||21.0||.539||.439||.764||7.0||1.3||0.7||1.2||1.3||11.3|
|Career||1 year, 1 team||2||2||32.7||.500||.286||.889||11.0||4.5||0.0||0.0||0.5||16.0|
- Wallace, Ava (June 25, 2017). "Jonquel Jones got tough through her travels, and she's taking it out on the WNBA". Washington Post. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
- "National Basketball Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina confirming Jonquel will play for their national team".
- "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
- "SPARKS ACQUIRE CHELSEA GRAY FROM CONNECTICUT SUN IN EXCHANGE FOR THE DRAFT RIGHTS TO GUARD JONQUEL JONES AND 2017 FIRST ROUND PICK - Los Angeles Sparks". Los Angeles Sparks. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "Jonquel Jones Starting to Show Unlimited Potential - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA". WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "Connecticut Sun make history in win over Washington Mystics". FOX 61. 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "Jonquel Jones Sets WNBA Single-Season Rebound Record - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA". WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "Jonquel Jones leads her team to title win in Korea". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- Jonquel Jonesto Join Flamein China Duringthe Offseason
- Jonquel Jones joins UMMC Ekaterinburg