Wednesday , Apr , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Saint Joseph’s Jones declares for draft

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Saint Joseph’s center Dwayne Jones has
decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the
upcoming NBA Draft.

Jones has not hired an agent and can return to school by pulling his name from
the draft on, or before, June 21.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play basketball in the NBA and to be able to
provide for my family. I feel I’ve put myself in position to have the chance
to play at that level,” said Jones. “I’d like to take full advantage of this
opportunity now since I am graduating in May. I will use the evaluation
process to determine whether I would be a first-round pick, but will not hire
an agent so I have the option of returning to Saint Joseph’s next year.”

The 6-foot-11 Jones had an excellent season, averaging 10.1 points, 11.6
rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in 36 games. He ranked fifth in the nation in
both rebounds and blocked shots per game and was named the Atlantic 10
Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

“Dwayne’s growth over the years has prepared him for the challenge that this
opportunity presents. He has accomplished many great things on and off the
court,” said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. “It’s an exciting time for D.J. as he
graduates next month and has the possibility of testing himself against the
best players in the country.”