Martelli and Jones to be Involved with NBA Draft Night
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  06/27/2005

June 27, 2005

NEW YORK - Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli will serve as the guest analyst on ESPN Radio's coverage of the 2005 NBA Draft from New York City, on Tuesday, June 28. The broadcast begins at 7:20 p.m. on ESPN Radio.

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Martelli could be commentating on one of his own as junior center Dwayne Jones is hopeful of being one of the 60 players selected. If chosen, Jones would become the third Hawk in the past two seasons to be drafted.

Jones declared his eligibility for the draft over a month ago. Although he graduated from Saint Joseph's in May, he still had one year of eligibility remaining after redshirting the 2000-01 season.

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 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.

He was named the Atlantic 10's 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. Saint Joseph's finished the season with a 24-12 record.

Jameer Nelson was the 20th player chosen in 2004 by the Denver Nuggets, but was then traded to the Orlando Magic. Delonte West joined Nelson in the first round, being picked 24th by the Boston Celtics. It marked the first time in SJU history that the Hawks had two players selected in the first round.

ESPN will televise the entire draft beginning at 7:30 p.m.