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Baylor’s Perry Jones III Headed to NBA

Streeter Lecka, Getty Images
Streeter Lecka, Getty Images

Baylor Bear forward Perry Jones III announced Monday he is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

Jones issued the statement through the school. He had returned for his sophomore season after being projected as a top pick last year.

Instead of becoming Baylor’s first one-and-done player, Jones sat through a five-game suspension to start his sophomore season after the NCAA determined he accepted improper benefits before coming to Baylor.

Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 33 games this season and helped lead Baylor to the Elite Eight for the second time in three seasons, before losing to national champion Kentucky.

As a freshman, Jones averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.

He was one of two Baylor players to earn All-American honorable mention from The Associated Press, while also picking up USBWA All-District VII and NABC All-District 8 honors. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the AP, ESPN.com and Kansas City Star and third-team by the league coaches.

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