2010 (Senior):HEADER DOMINIQUE JONES Shooting/Point Guard University of South Florida Bulls #20 6:03.3-216 Lake Wales, Florida Lake Wales High School All Saints Academy
OVERVIEW Prior to Jones' arrival at South Florida, the basketball program took a back seat to the USF football program. Once fans began to pick up on Jones' talents, he became the big man on campus and basketball became relevant in Tampa.
By the time he ended his college career, Jones was a household name.
A classic gunner with explosive leaping ability, Jones is one of the strongest guards in the class. While most "two" guards are more concerned about scoring. Jones is a well-versed performer who knows how to get physical with opponents on defense and uses his excellent wing span and elevation to crash the boards for the tough rebound.
To call Jones a "money player" would be an understatement. Against nationally ranked competition, he averaged 26.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Against opponents that were in the NCAA Tournament last season, his averages were 6.5 rebounds and 21.4 points per game. In USF victories, Jones boasted averages of 28.0 points, 7.0 boards, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
The combo guard also placed his name in the South Florida record book as just the sixth player in school history to record 1,500 points for USF, ranking fifth with 1,797 points. His average of 18.9 points per game rank second in school annals and he was just the fourth Bull to ever average 20 points per game (21.4, fourth in single-season record book) in a season. His 705 points scored last year rank second on the school annual record chart.
Jones ranks fifth all-time with 592 field goals made and seventh with his 160 successful three-point field goals. He is just one of two players to ever record more than 400 free throws made in a career (453), as his 209 shots made from the foul line last year set the USF season-record. Splitting time between both guard positions saw the junior total 328 assists (tenth all-time) and 144 steals (eighth on the career-record list) for the Bulls.
Jones attended All Saints' Academy in Winter Haven as a freshman, transferring the next year. At Lake Wales High School, Jones was a first team Class 4A All-State selection and was named Lakeland Ledger Polk County Player of the Year. A member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association South all-star team, he was rated as the eighth-best prep prospect in his class in the state of Florida by Rivals.com and 14th by Scout.com as a senior.
That season, Jones averaged 21.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and seven assists per game. As a junior, he garnered All-State selection for his efforts and was named News Chief Player of the Year, awarded to the top player in the county. He averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, helping the Highlanders to a 22-5 overall record and a trip to the district semifinals.
Jones was an early signee at South Florida. After his prep senior year, he became a member of the Florida Nike Elite AAU team and was invited to the Nike All-American Camp. As a freshman at USF, Jones wore jersey #0, switching to his present number (20) his sophomore season.
In 2007-08, he had arguably the best season of any freshman in USF history. Jones earned All-Big East Conference honorable mention and was a unanimous selection on the Big East All-Rookie Team after averaging a team high 17.1 points per game (seventh-best in the league). His average jumped to 18.2 points per game in conference play, the best of any league freshman and third-best in the conference. He also pulled down 4.6 rebounds per game, second best on the team, and averaged a team high 1.3 steals per game.
As a sophomore, Jones again earned All-Big East Conference honorable mention. His 561 points scored rank eighth on the school season-record list, as he led the team and ranked seventh in the league, averaging 18.1 points per game. He started 30 games, coming off the bench vs. Vanderbilt because of a sore left ankle. He also led the Bulls in rebounding at 5.6 a game and steals at 1.3 per game, and was second in assists at 3.9 an outing.
In 2009-10, Jones won the Big East scoring title and was a first-team All-Big East pick. He added All-American recognition and produced 705 points (21.4 per game), the second-highest season total by a Bulls player. He broke the USF record by making 209 shots from the foul line and pulled down 201 rebounds while doling out 120 assists to go with 19 blocked shots and 56 steals. In early March, 2010, Jones announced that he would forgo his final season of college eligibility and entered the 2010 NBA Draft.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Earned All-Big East Conference honorable mention...Played in all 31 games on the year, starting 30 (did not start the Dec. 16 Vanderbilt game because of a sore left ankle, but did play)...Led the team in scoring at 18.1 per game (561 total, eighth-best on the school season-record list), good for seventh in the Big East...Upped his scoring average to 19.0 an outing in BIG EAST play, fourth best in the league...Also led the Bulls in rebounding at 5.6 a game (173 total) and steals at 1.3 per game (41), and was second in assists at 3.9 an outing (122)...Had 121 free throws made on the year, tenth on the USF season-record chart...Scored in double figures in 27 of his 31 games on the year, including his final 20 of the season...Also went for 20 or more points 12 times and 30 or more four times...With his first point on 2/25 at Seton Hall, a free throw, at the 17:10 mark of the first half, Jones became just the 16th player in USF history to score 1,000 career points...He is the second fastest Bull to reach 1,000 and one of only three USF players to do it in two seasons...Also became the quickest sophomore to reach 1,000, as he reached 1,000 in his 58th career game...Only Tony Grier reached 1,000 career points in fewer games...Grier, who spent one season at Polk Community College before coming to USF, surpassed 1,000 in his 51st career game during his junior season...USF's all-time leading scorer, Charley Bradley, went over 1,000 in his 59th career game during his sophomore season...Ended the season with 1,092 points, 14th on the USF all-time scoring list.
2008-09 SEASON Set a new career high with 36 points 12/27 vs. Iona, going 12-16 from the field, 7-9 from 3-point range and 5-6 from the free throw line... His seven 3-pointers and 12 field goals made are also career highs... Tied his then-career high with 31 points on 12/6 at UCF, making a career high 11 field goals... Also added a season-high seven rebounds... Other 31 point game came 2/26/08 vs. Seton Hall... Had a game-high 20 points 11/29 vs. Northeastern, and added six rebounds and four assists... Went for 20 or more points for the 12th time in his career... Had a game-high 23 points 11/19 at Virginia going 10-23 from the field... The 10 FGs matched his career high (12/1/07 vs. UCF)... Also had a game-high five assists and added five rebounds... Started 11/14 season opener vs. SMU and tallied 13 points, a game-high six assists, three rebounds and three steals while logging 37 minutes of action... The six assists were one shy of his career high set last year vs. Winston Salem State... Had nine points, six rebounds and four assists 11/25 vs. High Point... Had 15 points and five assists 12/3 at UAB, going over the 600 career point plateau... Had eight points, four rebounds and four assists 12/14 vs. Niagara... Had team high 19 points 12/16 vs. Vanderbilt, making a season high nine free throws... Also matched his season high with seven rebounds vs. Vandy... Had 23 points 12/20 vs. Murray State, going 6-10 from the field and 5-7 from 3-point range... Five 3-pointers was a then season high and matched his then career high... Matched his career high with four steals 12/21 vs. Wright State... Tallied five assists 12/22 vs. Oral Roberts... Had a game-high 17 points 1/2 vs. Syracuse, including 4-8 from 3-point range and added five rebounds... Tied for a team high 11 points 1/7 vs. Louisville... Had game-high 22 points 1/10/09 at DePaul, with eight rebounds and four assists... Eight boards was tied for game-high... Tied for team high with 22 points 1/14 at Pitt and tied his career assist mark with seven... Had his best scoring performance in a BIG EAST game with 35 points 1/17 at West Virginia, one shy of his career high... Also pulled down a season high eight rebounds and added three assists with no turnovers... Notched 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists 1/20 vs. DePaul... Has scored 22 or more points the last four games... Has played 159 of 160 minutes the past four games, missing just 14 seconds 1/20 vs. DePaul and 46 seconds 1/10 at DePaul... Tallied 11 points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds 1/24 vs. Villanova... Notched a game-high 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds 1/28 at Louisville... Tallied a team-high 16 points, team-high seven rebounds and a team-high three assists 2/1 at St. John's... Hit game-winning shot with 15.9 seconds remaining in 2/6 upset win over No. 8 Marquette... Had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists vs. Marquette... Poured in a game-high 29 points 2/10 vs. Providence and added a team-high eight rebounds... Also dished out three assists vs. the Friars and tied his career high with 12 field goals made... Flirted with a triple-double 2/15 at Notre Dame with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists... The seven assists tied his career high... Had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists 2/18 vs. Georgetown... Had 14 points, five assists, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals 2/21 at UConn... Tallied a game-high 18 points 3/1 vs. West Virginia and pulled down a team-high six rebounds... Torched Cincinnati on 3/3 with 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists... It was his seventh career game scoring 30 or more points, which ranks second on the USF all-time list... Had 11 points and six rebounds 3/7 at Rutgers... Tallied a team-high 14 points 3/10 vs. Seton Hall in Big East Tournament and also led USF with eight rebounds and seven assists.. The seven assists matched his career high done three times previously.
GAME ANALYSIS Led the league in scoring in conference games only with 23.2 points per game...Broke the USF record for points in a game with 46 in a 109-105 overtime win vs. Providence (01/23). The record was previously held by Charlie Bradley, who had 42 vs. Florida State Dec. 10, 1982, as that total was the third highest of the season at that point in the NCAA Division I ranks...Knocked down 15-of-23 field goals and 14-of-18 free throws, the fourth and third highest single-game totals for field goals and free throws made, respectively, in USF history...Almost had a triple double with 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals and played all 45 minutes...Tallied four steals and shot 10-of-18 for 22 points vs. Virginia...Had his third career double-double vs. Davidson (11/19) with 17 points and 10 rebounds... Added a game-high 28 points and a career high six steals vs. UNC Wilmington (11/22)... Had a career-high 10 assists vs. Florida Atlantic (11/27)...Posted 13 points, six rebounds and six assists vs. Hampton (12/2)...Went 8-for-8 at the free throw line and 7-for-18 from the floor for 24 points vs. Central Michigan (12/13)...Added five steals to go along with 27 points vs. Central Florida (12/16)...Scored over 20 points for the third straight game vs. USFCA with 23 (12/19), then sank 9-of-11 free throws to go with 18 points and six assists vs. South Dakota (12/20)...Knocked down 26 points with five assists vs. Notre Dame (01/05) and followed that up with his eighth-career 30-point game, posting 30 vs. Syracuse (01/10), including a career-high 13-of-17 performance from the free throw line...Had 28 points with seven rebounds vs. West Virginia (01/13), the third time in his career he had 25 or more points in three straight games...Held without an assist vs. WVU for the first time in 55 games...Posted 20 for the fourth-straight game vs. Rutgers with eight boards and four assists (01/16)...Scored 20 or more in five straight games for the first time in his career after posting 21 vs. Cincinnati (01/20) with six boards and four assists...Posted 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting while going 10-of-11 from the line for his seventh-straight 20-point game vs. Seton Hall (01/28)...Had his second-highest point total with 37 on 10-of-20 shooting and 14-of-17 free throw shooting vs. Pittsburgh (01/31) with eight rebounds and three assists...Continued to stay hot with 29 points on 8-of-17 shooting with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals at Georgetown (02/03)...Scored 140 points in four games vs. Providence, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh and Georgetown, the most by any player in D-I in 2009-10...Hit for just 10 points but contributed eight assists at Notre Dame (02/07), ending his streak of 20 or more points in a game at nine...Nearly had a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds at Marquette (02/13)...Had a game-high 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 10-of-12 from the free throw line, vs. Cincinnati (02/16)...Posted a 17-point effort the next game vs. St. John's (02/20)...Tied his career high with 14-of-16 free throw shooting to score 26 points with nine boards vs. Providence (02/27)...Sank 10-of-12 free throws and ended the night with 20 points at DePaul (03/02)...Ended the regular season vs. Connecticut (03/06) with another 20-point game along with four boards and three assists...Led the way with 20 points, nine boards, four assists and four steals vs. DePaul (03/09), followed by 21 rebounds, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks vs. Georgetown (03/10) the next day in the Big East Championship...Ended his season with 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting vs. North Carolina State in the NIT Tournament at home, the sixth straight game tallying 20 or more points.
2009-10 SEASON All-American third-team selection by The NBA Draft Report, earning honorable mention from the Associated Press...All-Big East Conference first-team choice, as he led the conference in scoring, averaging 21.4 points per game, the fourth-best average in school annals...Second-team All-District V choice by the NABC and was named a member of the Lute Olson All-American Team presented by CollegeInsider.com...That sports service also selected Jones as the Big East Player of the Year...Wooden Award finalist, as he earned Big East Weekly Honor Roll recognition three times and was selected the league's Player of the Week three times...Scored at least 20 points in 18-of-33 games he played, as he made 222-of-493 field goals (45.0 percent), 52-of-167 three-pointers (31.1 percent) and set the school season-record with 209 successful free throws on 282 attempts (74.1 percent)...Registered a career-best 201 rebounds (6.1 rpg), as he handed out a career-best 120 assists (3.6 per game), also setting career-highs with 19 blocked shots and 56 steals.
2007-08 SEASON All-Big East Conference honorable mention and a member of the league's All-Rookie team...Named Freshman All-American third-team by The NBA Draft Report...Started all 31 games (wore jersey #0), averaging a team high 17.1 points per game (531 points), the seventh-best average in the conference...Jumped his points-per-game average to 18.2 in Big East play, the best of any league freshman and third-best in the conference...Also pulled down 4.6 rebounds per game (143), second best on the team, and a team high 1.3 steals per game (47)...Shared the John & Cynthia Ruzic USF Most Valuable Player award with Kentrell Gransberry...Also earned the Wittcoff Family Endowed Scholarship, which will permanently represent the University's competitive spirit and commitment to excellence in NCAA Division I basketball...Scored in double figures in 28 of 31 games, had 20 or more points in 10 games and three games over 30 points..
CAREER NOTES Jones is the sixth player in school history to amass more than 1,500 points in a career, finishing fifth all-time with 1,797 points...His scoring average of 18.9 points per game is topped by only Charlie Bradley (19.6 points per game, 1982-85) in school annals...His 705 points scored in 2009-10 rank second on the USF season-record list behind Charlie Bradley (901 points in 1982-83) and his average of 21.4 points per game that year placed fourth on the Bulls' annual record chart...Ranks fifth in school history with 592 field goals made, as his 222 successful field goals as a junior rank sixth on the school season-record list...Ranks second in USF annals with 453 free throws made, topped by just Charlie Bradley (459, 1982-85)...His 209 successful free throws in 2009-10 broke the previous school season-record of 189 by Bradley in 1982-83...Scored 37 points vs. Pittsburgh in 201, tying Charlie Bradley (vs. Penn State, 12/20/82) and B.B. Waldon (vs. TCU, 1/05/02) for third on the school game-record scoring list, as his 46 points vs. Providence in 2010 broke the old USF game-record of 42 points by Bradley vs. Florida State (12/10/82)...His 46 points were the third-highest game total in the NCAA during the 2009-10 season and were two pints shy of the Big East Conference record of 48 points by Eric Murdock of Providence, vs. Pittsburgh in 1991...Scored at least 30 points in a game ten times during his South Florida career.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended All Saints' Academy (Winter Haven, Fla.) as a freshman...Transferred to Lake Wales (Fla.) High School as a sophomore, starting his next three seasons...First team Class 4A All-State selection and was named Lakeland Ledger Polk County Player of the Year...Member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association South all-star team...Rated as the eighth-best prep prospect in his class in the state of Florida by Rivals.com and 14th by Scout.com as a senior...That season, Jones averaged 21.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and seven assists per game...As a junior, he garnered All-State selection for his efforts and was named News Chief Player of the Year, awarded to the top player in the county...He averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, helping the Highlanders to a 22-5 overall record and a trip to the district semifinals.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS 2009 SUMMER LEAGUE One of 17 players invited to the 2009 USA Basketball World University Games Team training camp, June 16-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete for the 12 roster spots...One of 25 college players who worked as a counselor at the Adidas Nations camp in Dallas, where top players from around the world competed.
PERSONAL Criminology major...Son of Norman Jones...Born 10/15/88 in Lake Wales, Florida.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Has a powerful-looking frame with minimal body fat (5.9 percent), good wingspan (6-foot-9) and standing reach (8-foot-5)...Opened eyes at the Chicago pre-draft camp when he registered 19 reps in the bench press, fourth-best among players in attendance and best among the camp's backcourt prospects...Very physical player who does a great job of drawing contact on the way to the basket, setting the school season-record by making 209 free throws as a junior...Lacks ideal height for an off-guard (more suited for the point, but is too inconsistent as a ball-handler), but utilizes his reach and long arms to pester shooters and disrupt passing lanes (eighth in school history with 144 steals)...Makes up for a lack of ideal height with very quick feet and excellent strength to drive to the basket...Lacks great athleticism, but has an array of spin moves, fakes and hesitations to force the defender to commit too early...Uses his power well to combat vs. bigger forwards when going for the rebound...Shows very good leg drive on the way to the basket...Not a great ball-handler, but is a decent passer (328 assists in 95 games) who could earn some minutes at point guard...Has very good strength driving to the hoop and can slash past his opponent...Dominates the opposition, as he is unstoppable when creating his shots off the dribble...Gets up and down the court with great ease and seems to get stronger as the game wears on...Very smooth open-court runner with an amazing feel for the game...Can torch the opponent from anywhere on the court...His intermediate jumpers show very good elevation and he has the explosive first step and can generally take his man off the dribble...Passes the ball effectively for a shooting guard and makes good decisions -- he's a gunner, but he won't force his own shot when he can locate the open man...His terrific speed on the court lets him gain instant separation from the defender in the open...Solid defender with the lateral slide and foot agility to stay in front of his man while keeping his hands active in attempts to alter the shot...Will fly by small forwards or outmuscle guards to pull up and shoot jumpers right in their mug...Does a good job of absorbing contact and drawing fouls while driving in the paint...Displays classic form and good elevation when firing off long-range shots and once he spots a crease, he has the power to drive through double-teams to get the ball up with either hand...When elevating to the basket, glides through the air.
Negatives: Has very good arm length to alter shots, but even though he has good court quickness, he's best in a half-court game...Has a strong inside scoring game, but needs to elevate better and quicken his release from the perimeter, as his three-point shooting range is lacking...Built more like a point guard but shouldn't be asked to play extended minutes at the point; does not show NBA-caliber ball-handling skills...Has very good aggression to the basket, but is starting to become a predictable scorer...Might be better served in a sixth man role because of his scoring prowess...Won't scare an opponent to rotate out to cover him on the perimeter, where he is a very streaky shooter...Has a strong inside game, but until he can develop the same ability from mid-range, he's not going to be able to create his own shot as much as he's done in college in the NBA...Has good leaping ability, but needs to set his feet more consistently, as he does not get decent lift when executing his jumper.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: RODNEY STUCKEY, Detroit -- Jones can be an instant-offense hand off the bench immediately. It makes the most sense to use him off the bench, at least as a rookie. He is a very strong shooter going to the basket and with his free-throw shooting skills, drawing contact allows him to get lots of points from the charity stripe. His pre-draft workouts are forcing his stock to rise from a certain second-rounder to a potential late first-round target.