FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona junior men’s basketball player Cameron Jones declared for the 2010 NBA Draft Friday but will not hire an agent.
“My goal is to get my name out and see if any teams are interested,” said Jones. “It is mostly setting me up for life after my senior year of college basketball. Putting my name in will get my name out there and the scouts will be looking for me next year. I want to help my opportunity after college and my senior season.’
The NBA Early-Entry Candidate Deadline is April 25 and the withdrawal deadline is May 8.
Jones is scheduled to graduate in May 2011 with a degree in history.
“There is motivation for Cameron Jones to come back both academically and athletically,” said Head Coach Mike Adras. “It is a family decision. He wants to know what options he has and they are positioning to help him in the future.”
Jones, who hails from Los Angeles, Calif., is a two-time All-Big Sky selection, earning unanimous selection to the 2010 All-Big Sky first team. He has scored 1,003 career points, the 25th player in school history with 1,000 career points. He is a two-time recipient of the Joe Rolle Most Valuable Player Award, the eighth player in program history to win the award two times and first since Troy Hudson won the award after the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons.
Jones averaged a team-best 19.3 points (2nd in Big Sky/39th in Division I), the fourth-best single-season in school history, and 20.7 points in league play (T2nd in Big Sky) in 2009-10. He finished the season with 541 points, the third-best total in school history. Jones was the only player in the Big Sky Conference to rank among the top 16 in points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage, ranking among the Big Sky leaders in points (19.3, 2nd), rebounds (4.6, 16th), assists (2.8, 11th), field-goal percentage (50.2, 9th/76th in Division I), free throw percentage (73.9, 13th) and three-point percentage (42.3, 7th).