March 29, 2010
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former Saint Joseph's star Dwayne Jones was named the NBA Development League Co-Performer of the Week for games played during the week of March 22 when the Austin Toros recorded a 4-0 record. He shared the award, which was his second of the season, with teammate Marcus Williams.
Jones, 6-11, 250-pounds, recorded four double-doubles last week in home wins over the Springfield Armor and Bakersfield Jam. He scored more than 20 points in three games, including a 27-point outing on March 28 in a 122-110 win over the Jam in Austin. For the week, Jones averaged 21.0 points, shooting 54 percent (26-of-48) from the field to go with 14.8 rebounds. An NBA D-League All-Star, Jones is averaging 17.6 points (10th in the NBA D-League) on 60 percent shooting (264-of-442, 2nd in the NBA D-League) to go with a league-leading 16.0 rebounds in 46 games this season.
Jones was named to the NBA D-League All-Star team earlier this year.
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 totalled 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.
Fellow SJU graduate Pat Carroll is also currently playing in the NBA D-League as a member of the Iowa Energy.