Jones Gains Valuable Experience In NBA Summer League
A four-time All-Mid-American Conference selection with the Cardinals, Jones competed for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
"I felt like I made a good impact," Jones said. "The Kings expressed they liked me a lot, they just didn't have space on the roster. But I think I increased my chances for making it next year."
Jones played in four of the Kings' five summer league games alongside other former college stars like Jimmer Fredette and Thomas Robinson. He averaged 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest on a team that was loaded with eight players at his position fighting for playing time. Sacramento went 2-3 in its five games.
A product of Michigan City, Ind., Jones will not be on the Kings' regular-season roster but says he learned a lot from his summer league experience.
"Everyone (on the roster) is going for the same thing," he said. "Seeing guys get traded and waived every day, you learn it's a grind and nothing is guaranteed. The experience let me know I can play at that level, it's just going to take a little time."
Jones completed his collegiate career at Ball State this past season. He finished second in school history in blocked shots with 115, third in rebounds with 975 and sixth in points with 1,615 for his career. He was a three-time first-team all-district selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
NBA Summer Leagues give rookies and other young players a chance to showcase their skills against each other. There are two different leagues, the Las Vegas league with 24 teams and the Orlando league with eight teams.