PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Miami Heat announced Sunday that they have called up Northern Arizona Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. and signed him to a Two-Way contract.
This marks the fifth GATORADE Call-Up of a NAZ Suns player in the history of the team, the second one of the season. Isaiah Canaan was called up by the Phoenix Suns earlier this month.
Jones joins the Heat and will wear No. 5 for his new team. They next play Wednesday, Jan. 3, against the Detroit Pistons at 5:30 p.m. MT.
Jones, a 6-foot 7-inch, 195-pound forward, played 35 games for the Northern Arizona Suns over the last two seasons, averaging 14.9 points on 49.0 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. In 16 games (11 starts) this year, Jones was averaging career-highs in almost every category with 15.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.8 APG and 1.9 BPG.
The 20-year-old scored in double figures 29 times in his 35 games, including five 20+ point games this season. He also achieved five double-doubles this year, leaving the team tied with Alec Peters for the team-lead.
The NAZ Suns acquired Jones on Dec. 12 after he was waived by the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 7. He served 11 assignments in Northern Arizona while with Phoenix.
Along with becoming a popular player in the Prescott Valley area, Jones became popular nationally after wowing viewers with his athleticism in the NBA Verizon Slam Dunk last year, taking second in the contest.
He joins the Heat after playing 38 games for the Phoenix Suns over the last two years. He holds NBA averages of 4.7 PPG on 56.0 FG% and 2.2 RPG.
This is the fifth time the NAZ Suns have had a player called up by an NBA team in team history. Canaan got the call from the Phoenix Suns, as did Elijah Millsap, who is currently a member of the Iowa Wolves.
Johnny O’Bryant was the first NAZ Suns player to get a GATORADE Call-Up, when the Denver Nuggets signed him to a 10-day deal in January. After returning to Northern Arizona for one game, O’Bryant signed with the Charlotte Hornets, a team he is still a part of today.