Burly power forward Shawn Jones is muscling his way onto the NBA radar one double-double at a time, and on Tuesday he put forth his biggest effort of the season in a win over Delaware.
With 29 points and 20 rebounds, Jones recorded his sixth double-double in eight games, highlighted by a thunderous put-back dunk that he savored with a few extra moments of camera time:
More on Jones:
- He played for the Clippers during Summer League, averaging 5.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes over five games, and signed with the Heat for the preseason, joining the Skyforce as an affiliate player after being cut.
- He was last year’s Conference USA Player of the Year as a senior at Middle Tennessee State, posting 14.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game for the 24-9 Blue Raiders.
- Just two players have ever reached the NBA from MTSU: Duane Washington (1987-88, 1992-93) and Warren Kidd (1993-94).
- A Miami native who starred at Hialeah High School, Jones is attempting to follow fellow Miami native Udonis Haslem’s path to the NBA as an enforcer who can also step out and hit the mid-range jumper. After a slow start, his minutes have ramped up and so has his production: During this hot stretch, he’s rediscovered that outside stroke, thrived when diving to the rim and cleaned up the glass on both ends.
- What he lacks in height he makes up for with his massive 7-foot-5 wingspan, which he’s used to block 2.2 shots per 36 minutes this season.
Full highlights from Tuesday’s win: