Duncanville’s Perry Jones III Goes to the Oklahoma Thunder

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David Stern and Perry Jones III

With the 28th selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Thunder added the 6-foot-11, 234-pound Baylor sophomore Perry Jones, III to their roster.

Jones III was born in Winnsboro, LA but went to high school in Duncanville, TX averaged 13.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game during his two seasons at Baylor, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. Jones has five percent body fat, a 7’2” wingspan and 8’11” reach according to the NBA. He was in attendance at the draft, and spoke with ESPN’s Mark Jones after he shook NBA Commissioner David Stern’s hand while wearing a Thunder hat.

“I’m speechless,” the 20-year-old Jones said. “My dream is to play in the NBA. No matter what number I got picked, I just wanted the opportunity to play.”

Jones is athletic, has a great work ethic and is a team-first guy. He loves video games and paintball. In fact, when he decided to return to Baylor for his sophomore season, Jones and his entire team went to play paintball together to celebrate. Before enrolling at Baylor, Jones was a five-star recruit for the Duncanville Panthers, according to Rivals and Scout, and was named to the 2010 McDonald’s All-American team.

Reports after last season had Jones in the top five of the 2011 NBA draft, but Jones opted to return to Baylor University after his Freshman season. Jones and the Baylor Bears made their way through the NCAA tournament before falling to the eventual national champion, Kentucky.

But the 2012 draft saw Jones drop out of the top five, and slide to number 28. Several sources sited the fall down the draft boards was partially due to medical concerns surrounding a meniscus issue with his knee that could cause problems later in his career, and could require surgery.

However, sources do say that if Jones III is only dealing with a meniscus issue, and even if it does surgery, it is generally only a minor, arthroscopic clean-up that does not require extensive rehabilitation.