Baylor's Jones declares for NBA Draft

1:08 PM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Baylor sophomore forward Perry Jones III has declared for the NBA Draft and will forgo his remaining two seasons of eligibility.

Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 33 games for Baylor this past season, helping the Bears to the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament.

"I want to thank Baylor Nation for an unbelievable two years," said Jones in a statement on Monday. "Baylor will always be a second home to me and I look forward to spending a lot of time in Waco and working towards finishing my degree. Thanks again to all the great Baylor fans for accepting me into your family."

Jones, a potential lottery pick in this summer's draft, also had a solid freshman season with averages of 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 30 games.

"It was an honor and a privilege to coach Perry Jones III," said Baylor head coach Scott Drew. "Everyone knows what a great play Perry is, but as I have said before, he is even a better person and teammate. We will all miss not having him around, but we look forward to him having a very long and successful NBA career."

The 6-foot-11 Texas native was an All-Big 12 rookie selection as a freshman, but he also had a minor eligibility issue that forced him to miss Baylor's Big 12 Tournament opener in March 2011 and kept him out of the first six games of the 2011-12 season.

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