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Alexis Jones
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Jones in 2019
Personal information
Born (1994-05-08) May 8, 1994 (age 28)
Midland, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High schoolMacArthur (Irving, Texas)
College
WNBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Playing career2017–2020
PositionGuard
Career history
2017–2019Minnesota Lynx
2019–2020Los Angeles Sparks
2020Atlanta Dream
2020Al-Qazeres Extremadura
2021–Sparta&K
Career highlights and awards
  • WNBA champion (2017)
  • 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2016, 2017)
  • Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (2016)
  • Big 12 Championship MOP (2016)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2014)
  • ACC All-Freshman Team (2013)
  • ACC tournament MVP (2013)
  • 2× Texas Gatorade Player of the Year (2012, 2013)
  • 2× Texas Miss Basketball (2012, 2013)
Stats at WNBA.com
Medals
U19
Gold medal – first place 2013 U19 Lithuania Team competition

Alexis Jones (born May 8, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who played for the Atlanta Dream in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted in 2017 by the Lynx.[1][2] Born in Midland, Texas, she played college basketball for Duke University, before she transferred to Baylor University.[3]

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Basketball

Basketball

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop, while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one, two or three one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Atlanta Dream

Atlanta Dream

The Atlanta Dream are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded for the 2008 WNBA season. The team is owned by real estate investors Larry Gottesdiener, Suzanne Abair and former Dream player Renee Montgomery. Although the Dream share the Atlanta market with the National Basketball Association's Hawks, the Dream is not affiliated with its NBA counterpart. The Dream play at the Gateway Center Arena in College Park, Georgia.

Women's National Basketball Association

Women's National Basketball Association

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an American professional basketball league. It is composed of twelve teams, all based in the United States. The league was founded on April 22, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September, with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.

Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx are an American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team won the WNBA title in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.

Midland, Texas

Midland, Texas

Midland is a city in and the county seat of Midland County, Texas, United States. A small part of Midland is in Martin County.

Duke University

Duke University

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day city of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

Baylor University

Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Baptist Christian research university in Waco, Texas. Baylor was chartered in 1845 by the last Congress of the Republic of Texas. Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas and one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River in the United States. Located on the banks of the Brazos River next to I-35, between the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and Austin, the university's 1,000-acre (400-hectare) campus is the largest Baptist university in the world. As of fall, 2021, Baylor had a total enrollment of 20,626. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity". The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees.

College career

Duke University

Coming out of high school, Jones was ranked the No. 3 overall recruit by ESPN and signed with Duke.[4] During her freshman season, she started for the Blue Devils at the shooting guard position. When teammate and point guard, Chelsea Gray, went down with an injury, Jones moved over to the point guard position. Following her freshman season, Jones was named to the All-ACC Freshman of the Year, All-Freshman Team, the Norfolk All-Regional Team, and the ACC Tournament MVP. Jones became just the third freshman in ACC history to be named ACC Tournament MVP.[5]

During her sophomore season, Jones started 28 games before tearing her ACL during a game versus Notre Dame. During a game versus Florida State, Jones tied the school record for assists in a single game with 15. She also received Second Team All-ACC status from the coaches for averaging 13.1 ppg, 5.3 apg, and 4.1 rpg, before her injury.

Following her sophomore campaign, Jones announced that she intended to transfer from Duke to be closer to home. Ultimately, Jones decided to transfer to Baylor University.[6][7]

Baylor University

Due to the NCAA Transfer Rules, Jones sat out the 2014–2015 season for the Baylor Bears. This gave her time to recover from her ACL surgery that she had from her sophomore season.

During her junior season, Jones made her Baylor debut against UT-Arlington, where she recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Her impact was felt right away at Baylor. She started in 34 of 38 games, was one of the three team MVPS, was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, First Team All-Big 12, and was the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Championship Tournament.[8]

During her senior season, Jones once again made an impact on the Baylor season. She finished second in scoring and assists. But once again she had to sit out part of the season due to injury. Jones had gotten a bruised knee that caused her to miss time towards the end of the season. She was able to make it back in time for the NCAA Tournament. Despite the injury, Jones was named to the First Team All-Big 12 Team, which she received unanimously.[9]

Professional career

Jones in 2018
Jones in 2018

WNBA

Minnesota Lynx

Jones was selected 12th overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.[10] During Jones's rookie season with the Lynx, she saw limited action playing behind Lindsay Whalen and Renee Montgomery. She began playing more when Whalen went down with a hand injury. She finished the season averaging 2.6 points, 0.8 assists, and 0.8 rebounds per game. She was a member of the 2017 WNBA Championship team.[11]

Los Angeles Sparks

On April 22, 2019, Jones was traded from the Lynx to the Los Angeles Sparks.[12]

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Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx are an American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team won the WNBA title in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.

Lindsay Whalen

Lindsay Whalen

Lindsay Marie Whalen is the head coach of the University of Minnesota's women's basketball team.

Renee Montgomery

Renee Montgomery

Renee Danielle Montgomery is an American former professional basketball player, sports broadcaster and activist who is currently vice president, part-owner, and investor of the Atlanta Dream, and one of three owners of the FCF Beasts Indoor Football Team; making her the first player in the WNBA to become an owner and executive of a team and first female owner in the FCF. During her 11-year playing career in the Women's National Basketball Association, she won two championships with the Minnesota Lynx in 2015 and 2017. During her college playing career, she won a national championship with the UConn Huskies in 2009. In 2020, Montgomery opted-out of the WNBA season in protest of police brutality, bringing forth awareness throughout the league and leading to multiple campaigns dedicated to human rights.

2017 Minnesota Lynx season

2017 Minnesota Lynx season

The 2017 WNBA season of the Minnesota Lynx is their 19th season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Lynx finished the 2016 season with a record of 28–6, finishing first in the Western Conference and qualifying for the playoffs, before ultimately beating Los Angeles in the WNBA Finals to win their league-tying best fourth championship.

Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks

The Los Angeles Sparks are an American women's professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Sparks compete in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference. The team was founded before the league's inaugural 1997 season began. Like some other WNBA teams, the Sparks have the distinction of not being affiliated with an NBA counterpart, even though the market is shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. As of 2020, the Sparks are the most recent franchise to win back-to-back titles.

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high ° League leader
Denotes seasons in which Jones won a WNBA championship

College

Source[13]

Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012-13 Duke 36 342 42.8 34.2 79.5 4.4 4.0 1.8 0.3 9.5
2013-14 Duke 28 366 47.2 38.8 78.8 4.1 5.3 2.1 0.1 13.1
2015-16 Baylor 38 570 43.5 41.2 76.4 4.2 4.4 2.0 0.0 15.0
2016-17 Baylor 30 397 41.6 41.1 72.2 4.7 4.8 1.2 0.3 13.2
Career Duke 64 708 45.0 36.9 79.2 4.3 4.6 1.9 0.2 11.1
Career Baylor 68 967 42.6 41.1 75.1 4.4 4.6 1.2 0.1 14.2

WNBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2017 Minnesota 29 0 7.3 .342 .379 .857 0.8 0.8 0.3 0.0 0.7 2.6
2018 Minnesota 26 0 8.8 .352 .320 .750 0.9 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.7 3.3
2019 Los Angeles 20 1 12.2 .400 .333 .800 1.1 1.8 0.3 0.2 1.4 4.0
2020 Atlanta 6 0 8.8 .381 .368 .500 0.0 0.8 0.5 0.0 1.0 4.0
Career 4 years, 3 teams 81 1 9.1 .364 .344 .795 0.8 1.0 0.2 0.1 0.9 3.3

Postseason

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2017 Minnesota 5 0 6.0 .333 .667 .000 0.8 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.4 2.4
2018 Minnesota 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
2019 Los Angeles 3 0 9.3 .375 .333 .750 1.0 0.7 0.3 0.0 1.0 3.3
Career 3 years, 2 teams 9 0 6.4 .350 .556 .500 0.8 1.0 0.1 0.0 0.7 2.4

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Assist (basketball)

Assist (basketball)

In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads directly to a score by field goal, meaning that they were "assisting" in the basket. An assist is also credited when a basket is awarded due to defensive goaltending.

Block (basketball)

Block (basketball)

In basketball, a block or blocked shot occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a field goal attempt from an offensive player to prevent a score. The defender is not allowed to make contact with the offensive player's hand or a foul is called. In order to be legal, the block must occur while the shot is traveling upward or at its apex. A deflected field goal that is made does not count as a blocked shot and simply counts as a successful field goal attempt for shooter plus the points awarded to the shooting team. For the shooter, a blocked shot is counted as a missed field goal attempt. Also, on a shooting foul, a blocked shot cannot be awarded or counted, even if the player who deflected the field goal attempt is different from the player who committed the foul. If the ball is heading downward when the defender hits it, it is ruled as goaltending and counts as a made basket. Goaltending is also called if the block is made after the ball bounces on the backboard.

2017 WNBA season

2017 WNBA season

The 2017 WNBA season was the 21st season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Its regular season began on May 13 with three games, highlighted by the defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Seattle Storm. It concluded on September 3. The playoffs began on September 6, and concluded on October 4, with the Minnesota Lynx defeating the Sparks in five games to win their fourth WNBA title.

2017 Minnesota Lynx season

2017 Minnesota Lynx season

The 2017 WNBA season of the Minnesota Lynx is their 19th season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Lynx finished the 2016 season with a record of 28–6, finishing first in the Western Conference and qualifying for the playoffs, before ultimately beating Los Angeles in the WNBA Finals to win their league-tying best fourth championship.

2018 WNBA season

2018 WNBA season

The 2018 WNBA season was the 22nd season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Minnesota Lynx are the defending champions. The regular season began on May 18, with the Phoenix Mercury hosting the Dallas Wings. The season ended with the Seattle Storm defeating the Washington Mystics 3-0 in the WNBA Finals. This was the third championship for the Storm. Seattle's Breanna Stewart was named regular season and finals MVP.

2018 Minnesota Lynx season

2018 Minnesota Lynx season

The 2018 WNBA season of the Minnesota Lynx was their 20th season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Lynx finished the 2017 season with a record of 27–7, finishing first in the Western Conference and qualifying for the playoffs, before ultimately beating Los Angeles in the WNBA Finals to win their league-tying best fourth championship.

2019 WNBA season

2019 WNBA season

The 2019 WNBA season was the 23rd season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Seattle Storm were the defending champions. The regular season began on May 24, with the Atlanta Dream hosting the Dallas Wings and the New York Liberty hosting the Indiana Fever. The season ended with the Washington Mystics securing their first WNBA Title over the Connecticut Sun three games to two, in a closely contested finals. Emma Meesseman was named Finals MVP and teammate Elena Delle Donne was named regular season MVP.

2019 Los Angeles Sparks season

2019 Los Angeles Sparks season

The 2019 WNBA season was the 23rd season for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association.

2020 WNBA season

2020 WNBA season

The 2020 WNBA season was the 24th season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Washington Mystics were the defending champions. Planned changes to the league's schedule included an increase from 34 to 36 regular season games for each team, the introduction of a mid-season Commissioner's Cup tournament, and more games broadcast on ESPN and ABC. This was the first season under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and the WNBA Players Association. However, on April 3, the season was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under a plan approved on June 15, the league began a shortened 22-game regular season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, without fans present on July 25. A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces was named the league MVP. The Seattle Storm won the 2020 WNBA Finals over the Aces, and Breanna Stewart was named the Finals MVP.

2020 Atlanta Dream season

2020 Atlanta Dream season

The 2020 WNBA season was the 13th season for the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association. The team began its season on July 26, 2020 against the Dallas Wings.

2017 WNBA Playoffs

2017 WNBA Playoffs

The 2017 WNBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the WNBA's 2017 season.

2018 WNBA Playoffs

2018 WNBA Playoffs

The 2018 WNBA Playoffs were the postseason tournament of the WNBA's 2018 season. The Seattle Storm won the team's third WNBA title, sweeping the Washington Mystics 3–0 in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.

Personal life

Jones' father, David, is paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident in 2007 that resulting in their car being flipped three times and Alexis and her brother being thrown from the car. Alexis suffered a broken wrist in the accident.[14]

Her younger brother, Andrew, is currently a guard on the Texas Longhorns men's basketball team.[11]

Source: "Alexis Jones (basketball)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 27th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_Jones_(basketball).

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References
  1. ^ "WNBA 2017 Draft Board". wnba.com.
  2. ^ Cook, Mike (2017-04-13). "Lynx pick Baylor standout Alexis Jones in first round of WNBA Draft". Minnesota Pioneer Press. twincities.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  3. ^ "WBB - Alexis Jones Transfers to Baylor". Baylor Athletics. baylorbears.com. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  4. ^ "Alexis Jones 2012 High School Girls' Basketball Profile". ESPN. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  5. ^ "Alexis Jones Bio". Duke Athletics. goduke.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  6. ^ "Alexis Jones to transfer from Duke". ESPN.
  7. ^ Martin, Nick (2014-09-08). "Former Duke women's basketball player Jones to transfer to Baylor for final two years". The Chronicle. dukechronicle.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  8. ^ "Alexis Jones Bio". Baylor Athletics. baylorbears.com. Archived from the original on 2017-04-26. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
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