April 6, 2010
PHOENIX - Former Saint Joseph's star Dwayne Jones has signed with the Phoenix Suns, it was announced on Monday. Jones, the NBA Development League's leading rebounder, joins the Suns for their stretch run and is eligible for the playoff roster.
Starting 48 games for the Austin Toros, Jones has averaged a NBA D-league best 16 rebounds per 40 minutes, while adding 17.6 points per game. Named to the NBA D-League All-Star team earlier this year, he has led the Toros in rebounding 40 times and scoring nine times.
The signing marks the fifth team Jones will play for. He previously played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats between 2005 and 2009.
While at Saint Joseph's, the 6-11 center from Chester, Pa., established himself as one of the top rebounders and shot blockers in college basketball. Jones ranked fifth in the nation with rebounding with 11.6 per game and fifth in blocked shots with 3.0. He was the Hawks' third leading scorer in 2005 with 10.1 points per game, while becoming the first SJU player since 1995-96 to average a double-double. In his career, he totaled 831 rebounds, 694 points and ranks second on the school's all-time list with 232 blocked shots.
The 2005 graduate of SJU was named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Conference and All-Big 5 second team honors. He was selected to both the Atlantic 10 Championship and to the NIT All-Tournament teams, as the Hawks reached the finals in both tournaments, while posting a 24-12 record.