PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – Derrick Jones Jr. built his reputation with the Northern Arizona Suns as a high-flying, dunking machine. He had countless eye-popping dunks that would bring the crowd to its feet in a hurry, and now the same will be said in a couple weeks in New Orleans.
The former NAZ Suns forward was named a Verizon Slam Dunk Contest participant on Thursday.
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Jones, now with the Phoenix Suns, will represent the organization in the prestigious event on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. MT. He will face off against Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon, LA Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, and Indiana Pacers’ Glenn Robinson III.
The 6-foot 7-inch player out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will become the first player to participate in the NBA Dunk Contest after playing in the NBA Development League in the same season.
Jones has played in just three games for the Phoenix Suns, where he’s totaled three points in 11 minutes, but he thrived for the Northern Arizona Suns all season. He played in 18 games (16 starts) for NAZ, and averaged 14.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Now he will get to show off his talents at the biggest stage in New Orleans in front of thousands of people. This won’t be uncharted territory for the rookie, as he won the 2015 American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Contest, but nothing is bigger than what will happen in a couple of weeks.
The people of Prescott Valley have seen some of his greatest dunks, so they are all too familiar with what Jones can do. Now it’s time for the rest of the world to take notice too.
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