Jonquel Jones

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Jonquel Jones
Jonquel Jones.jpg
Jonquel Jones accepts the award for 2017 WNBA Most Improved Player
No. 35 – Connecticut Sun
Position Power forward / Center
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1994-01-05) January 5, 1994 (age 24)
Freeport, Bahamas
Nationality Bahamian
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Riverdale Baptist School
(Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
College
WNBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Connecticut Sun
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–present Connecticut Sun
2016–2017 Asan Woori Bank Wibee
2017–2018 Shanxi Flame
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

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.[1]

A 6'6" power forward/center, Jones played college basketball for Clemson and George Washington.

Clemson and George Washington statistics

Source[2]

Legend
  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
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012-13 Clemson 8 78 48.3% 30.0% 79.2% 10.0 0.8 0.5 2.1 9.8
2013-14 George Washington 23 338 48.8% 29.3% 63.9% 10.9 1.7 0.8 1.9 14.7
2014-15 George Washington 30 460 47.8% 30.6% 66.4% 12.5 2.1 0.7 1.9 15.3
2015-16 George Washington 23 373 41.7% 31.1% 74.5% 14.6 2.3 1.0 3.3 16.2
Career 84 1249 46.2% 30.4% 69.5% 12.4 1.9 0.8 2.3 14.9


WNBA career

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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).[6] 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 a 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.

Overseas career

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.[7] In October 2017, Jones signed with Shanxi Flame of the Women's Chinese Basketball Association for the 2017-18 off-season.[8]

WNBA career statistics

Legend
  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
double-dagger WNBA record

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2016 Connecticut 34 6 14.1 .531 .333 .739 3.7 0.6 0.6 1.1 0.7 6.8
2017 Connecticut 34 34 28.5 .534 .446 .818 11.9double-dagger 1.5 0.8 1.4 1.6 15.4
2018 Connecticut 34 16 20.5 .550 .467 .671 5.5 1.7 0.4 1.2 1.6 11.8
Career 3 years, 1 team 102 56 21.0 .539 .439 .764 7.0 1.3 0.7 1.2 1.3 11.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2017 Connecticut 1 1 39.2 .385 .400 .875 15.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 19.0
2018 Connecticut 1 1 26.2 .667 .000 1.000 7.0 7.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.0
Career 1 year, 1 team 2 2 32.7 .500 .286 .889 11.0 4.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 16.0

References

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Connecticut Sun make history in win over Washington Mystics". FOX 61. 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Jonquel Jones leads her team to title win in Korea". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  8. ^ Jonquel Jonesto Join Flamein China Duringthe Offseason

External links

  • George Washington Colonials bio


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