FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona junior men’s basketball player Cameron Jones officially withdrew from the 2010 NBA Draft and will return for his senior season.
“I wanted to get my name out there and get on some scout’s lists,” said Jones. “I think that was accomplished. If you are a good player, teams are going to find you. Hopefully I can keep up my success here.”
Jones, who turned 21 on Tuesday, leads a talented returning group for the Lumberjacks for the 2010-11 season, including four returning starters and 10 letter winners overall. NAU returns 87 percent of its scoring, including the five top scorers and seven of the top eight, and 77 percent of the rebounds from the 2009-10 season.
“I am very excited that Cam Jones is going to return for his senior season,” said Head Coach Mike Adras, who talked to several teams regarding Jones. “I think the experience was a positive one for him and his family. I am pleased with their decision that he will come back to play his senior year and finish his education.”
Jones is scheduled to graduate in May 2011 with a degree in history.
Jones, who hails from Los Angeles, Calif., is a two-time All-Big Sky selection and earned 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 (Tied for second 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).
The withdrawal deadline is May 8 for prospects to take their names out of consideration. Jones was one of 101 underclassmen and foreign players to declare for the 2010 NBA Draft, according to ESPN.
DID YOU KNOW…Overall, 44 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester, representing 14 of the 15 squads. The soccer team led the department with eight student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA for the semester.