Hot off the signing of their first import, the Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants have followed it up with the signing of their second import, guard Josh Jones.
Known as “Juice” or “JJ” to his friends, Jones joins the Giants after recently completing his college career, initially for the NCAA Division I University of Richmond and then redshirting and transferring to the NCAA Division II Henderson State University for his final seasons.
He brings to the Giants a two-way player, a smooth athletic scorer who can shoot from range in offence who is also a lock-down defender.
At 196cm (6’5”), he has great size for the position which allows him to match up well on most positions and with his athleticism and large wingspan can cause issues for opposition players.
Having played basketball the majority of his life in his hometown of Memphis in Tennessee, Jones graduated from Memphis Central High School after averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals as a Senior, including a school record 52 points in a game.
He was named a McDonalds All-American nominee, Tennessee All-Tournament, All-City, All-Region and All-District in both his Junior and Senior years.
From there he was recruited by the highly regarded University of Richmond, a NCAA Division 1 school in Virginia.
He spent two seasons coming off the bench there before red-shirting and transferring to NCAA Division II school, Henderson State University in Arkansas where he finished his Junior and Senior years.
At Henderson State, he flourished, averaging 13.2 points, 3,4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 46% from the field, 40% from behind the arc and 82% from the free throw line.
He helped lead them to one of their best seasons in school history, making the Great American Conference semi-finals in 2019.
Now venturing into his first professional basketball job, Jones is excited about what he can bring the Giants organisation.
“I would describe my game as a very smooth, polished, and all-around game.” Jones said, “I have a nice jump shot, good handle, and good athleticism so the combination of those plus my height helps me out a lot.”
“I consider myself a player that can be an impact, both offensively and defensively.”
“Offensively, my shooting and shot making abilities makes me a threat at all times. Defensively, I take pride in playing defence, guarding the other teams best player if needed.”
“At Henderson State, I was looked at by other players as one of the leaders of the team. Someone that has a leadership style that is a mixture of both vocal and lead by example. My teammates can come talk me about things whether it be basketball related or non basketball related.”
”I feel I’m a great teammate, on and off the court.”
When asked about the move to Australia and what he expected, Jones replied.
“I expect the league to be competitive and great opportunity for me to grow as a professional player, especially with me being a rookie.”
“I don’t know of anyone personally that has played in this league, however, I know guys that have played in other parts of Australia and had some good words to say about the league.”
“Overall, I’m looking forward to playing against the other teams and looking to compete.”
“For now, I plan to focus on getting my body in the best physical shape possible through various forms of strength and conditioning.” “As far as on-court basketball training, I plan to focus on fine tuning all skills like ballhandling, finishing around the basketball, and getting up a lot of different shots.”
“This is my first experience playing professional and I’m extremely enthusiastic to be getting my career started with the Giants.”
“I’m anxious to arrive in Kalgoorlie and learn about the culture and mix with the people in the community. I look forward to a successful season and I hope the fans are ready to cheer us on to success!”
Giants coach Wayne Creek spoke of the recruitment of Jones and what he expects him to bring to the club.
“When we were recruiting him, one of the best indications we received was from his former college coach at Henderson State. He spoke so highly of him, that we knew we had the right guy.”
“We are getting another hard working player who will set a great example in the locker room and will play at the highest of levels game in, game out.”
Jones will be re-locating to the Goldfields in mid February.
Stay tuned for upcoming news on player signings as the Giants head into their 30th year in the WA State Basketball League.
Date Of Birth: 16th October 1994 (25 years old)
From: Memphis, Tennessee (USA)
Height: 196cm (6’5″)
Giants Playing Number: To Be Confirmed
Recruited from: Henderson State University (NCAA DII)
2011-2013 Memphis Central High School – Memphis, TN (USA)
2013-2016 University of Richmond (NCAA DI) – Richmond, VA (USA)
2016-2019 Henderson State University (NCAA DII) – Arkadelphia, AR (USA)