MIAMI, Fla. – Former Lumberjack Cameron Jones is taking his talents to South Beach. After a four-game stint with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA Development League, Jones has been invited to the Miami Heat's training camp that starts this week.
"Teams started to call my agent and were interested in inviting me to training camp and hopefully get a spot for the season," said Jones. "I just want to go there and play my game and get better to reach my potential. I just want to make the most of my opportunity."
Jones, who was taken in the first round of the NBA Development League Draft as the 10th pick overall by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, scored 18.3 points per game in four contests, shooting 43.6 percent. He scored a season-high 31 points against the Springfield Armor on Dec. 2.
"My team is really talented and we didn't have two players that were injured," said Jones. "I was fitting really well with the team. Things were working out for me because I am a good listener. You have to play at another level and play smart. Everybody you play against is talented."
As a senior, Jones was named to the 2011 Big Sky first team. He averaged 20.1 points per game and finished his career with 1,643 points, making him the Northern Arizona's all-time leading scorer. He was a Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American selection, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist, 2011 Reese's College All-Star Game participant and 2011 NABC All-District 6 second-team selection in 2011.
"I am trying to take the next step with my career," said Jones.
Jones' cousin is Landry Fields, who played at Stanford and was a second-round (9th pick) by the New York Knicks in 2010.
"It is a great opportunity to be in the same gym with guys like LeBron, Dwade and Chris Bosh," said Jones. "Those are the best players in the NBA right now and it is pretty cool to be in the same gym as them. I am trying to play my own game. It will be interesting to see the media attention that is around those guys. They are talked about everyday so it will be cool to be right in the center of it."
Friday is the first day of Heat training camp at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat's preseason will open on Sunday, December 18, when they host the Magic at the AmericanAirlines Arena at 6 p.m. and will conclude on Wednesday, December 21 in Orlando at the Amway Center at 7 p.m.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING…
"To me, no matter who we play against, we're not going to face somebody better than he is, especially on offense. He has such a unique way of playing. He scores inside the three-point line, and for a perimeter player, that's different these days. "Cameron Jones doesn't get the credit he deserves. I would put him against any of the great guards who are playing college basketball right now."
- Arizona Coach Sean Miller