June 21, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's junior center Dwayne Jones announced today that he will remain in the 2005 NBA Draft and not return to the University for his final year of eligibility. Jones applied for early entry in to the Draft last month and had a deadline of today to withdraw.
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.
Jones participated at the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago from June 7 to 11. He was invited to the camp under the NCAA regulation that allows underclassmen to be evaluated while retaining collegiate eligibility, provided they do not sign with an agent.
If drafted, Jones would be the third Saint Joseph's player in the past two seasons to be selected in the NBA Draft. Jameer Nelson, the 2004 National Player of the Year, was the 20th pick in 2004 and was then traded to Orlando, where he made the NBA All-Rookie Team this past season. Delonte West was selected 24th in the 2004 Draft by the Boston Celtics, giving the Hawks two first-round selections in the same year for the first time in school history.
The 2005 NBA Draft will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at New York's Madison Square Garden.