CU (M) Basketball BIO
5 Josh Jones
2012-13: Senior at Creighton
• Local product who gave the Jays a burst of energy off the bench.
• Was hospitalized prior to team’s Dec. 6 game at Nebraska after fainting on court during pre-game warm-ups, was diagnosed with atrial flutter after a nine-hour surgery on Dec. 18th, and announced his retirement from basketball on Dec. 26th.
• Defended final shot in CU’s 58-57 win vs. Alabama in 2012 NCAA Tournament, forcing an airball.
• Scored 13 points and had three steals in exhibition win over University of Mary (11/2).
• Scored 18 points, all in the second half, in 77-60 win vs. UAB (11/14) after CU trailed 37-33 at half.
• After Creighton trailed 45-35 in second half vs. UAB, scored game’s next 10 points in a span of 1:17 to start the comeback.
• Scored nine points and tied career-high with three steals in Las Vegas Invitational championship game win vs. Arizona State (11/24).
• Creighton was 9-0 in his career when he scored 12 or more points.
• A documentary was made about his life. “The Josh Jones Story” debuted on March 12.
• Won team’s Most Inspirational Award.

2011-12: Junior at Creighton

• Was generally team’s first guard off the bench and provided a scoring boost for the Jays, averaging 5.2 points per game.
• Ranked 10th in the MVC with 42.3 percent shooting from three-point range.
• Ranked fourth on team with 63 assists and with 21 steals.
• Scored eight points vs. Campbell (Nov. 25).
• Had five points, four assists and two steals vs. Houston Baptist (Dec. 17).
• Had eight points in 10 minutes vs. Northwestern (Dec. 22), including a pair of dagger three-pointers in the final five minutes of an eight-point win.
• Finished with 11 points vs. Missouri State (Dec. 28), making 3-of-4 shots and also dishing three assists.
• Had eight points, all in the second half, in road win at Wichita State (Dec. 31).
• Had season-high 14 points and added four assists and three rebounds in win vs. Bradley (Jan. 28).
• Scored in double-figures with 10 points in win vs. Illinois State (Feb. 1).
• Scored 11 points and had three steals in win vs. Evansville, including  game-winning basket with 22.6 seconds left of one-point overtime win (Feb. 21).
• Had 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range in MVC Tournament semifinal win vs. Evansville (March 3).
• Had seven points, two assists and two steals vs. Alabama in NCAA Tournament win (March 16), forcing the Tide into an airball at the buzzer during the final shot in CU’s one-point win.
• Scored 10 points in NCAA Tournament game vs. No. 4 North Carolina (March 18).
• Had eight assists and no turnovers in the MVC Tournament, finishing season with six straight games without a turnover.
• Owned a stellar 63/31 assist/turnover ratio.
• Team was 12-1 when he was first sub off the bench.

Summer 2011: Bahamas Trip
• Averaged 6.3 points in four games, including a high of 10 points vs. Commonwealth Giants on 5-of-6 shooting.

2010-11: Sophomore at Creighton
• Had 102 points in his last 13 games (7.8 ppg.), shooting 37-for-65 from the field (56.9 percent) and 21-for-39 from downtown (53.8 percent) in that span.
• Made a three-pointer in 12 straight games from Feb. 13-March 30.
• Started team’s first three games before coming off the bench vs. Iowa State, and for the next 15 games.
• Assisted Kenny Lawson Jr.’s game-winning dunk vs. Northern Arizona (Nov. 14).
• Helped hold BYU All-American Jimmer Fredette to season-low 13 points (Dec. 1).
• Made 2-of-4 shots and added a steal and first career blocked shot in win over Samford (Dec. 22).
• After an 0-for-16 start from long-range, he was 2-of-3 from three-point range in win at Illinois State (Dec. 29), to score six points.
• Returned to the starting lineup on Jan. 19 vs. Bradley, tying (then) career-high with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range.
• Followed that with two steals and seven points, all in the second half during an 11-0 Creighton run, at Missouri State (Jan. 22).
• Had nine points in 28 minutes at UNI (Jan. 26).
• Came off the bench to score 11 points in career-high 29 minutes of win over Indiana State (Jan. 29).
• Came off the bench to score 12 points and added four assists, three rebounds and three steals in win over Evansville (Feb. 5).
• Had (then) career-high 15 points vs. Illinois State on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from downtown (Feb. 16).
• Scored eight points in 18 minutes in win over Northern Iowa (Feb. 26).
• Was 7-for-11 from the field, including 4-of-4 from downtown, while scoring career-high 21 points in CBI quarterfinal win over Davidson (March 21).
• Had 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting vs. UCF in CBI semifinals (March 23).
• Tallied 11 points vs. Oregon (March 28), including dagger three-pointer in final 90 seconds that put the team up seven points.
• Tied career-high with five rebounds in CBI title game at Oregon (April 1).
• Was fifth in MVC-only games at 46.3 percent from 3-point range.

2009-10: Freshman at Creighton

• Scored 20 points in team’s first 20 games but had 90 points in the last 14 games.
• Started final seven games, with team posting five wins.
• Scored a season-high 14 points in win over Evansville (Feb. 3), making 4-of-6 shots from the field, 2-of-4 from downtown and 4-4 at the line.
• Entered game at Bradley with 20 career points in 13 games played before erupting for 13 points in 21 minutes on 5-of-8 shooting (Jan. 27).
• Also made 3-of-6 three-pointers at Bradley after entering contest 4-of-19 from downtown.
• Had six assists in two games against Atlantic-10 foes.
• Had 11 points in MVC Tournament vs. Bradley (March 5).

2008-09: Redshirted at Creighton

• Redshirted at Creighton.
• Practiced with Creighton’s team that finished the year 27-8 and tied for the MVC regular-season title.

Central High School

• Four-year letterwinner at Central, where he led the Eagles to the state title in his final three years.
• Averaged 19.8 points per game as a senior (leading all Class A players in Nebraska), 18.0 as a junior, 14.5 as a sophomore and 9.0 points per game as a freshman.
• Owns school record with 1,518 career points.
• Tied a Class A state record with 10 three-pointers in a game, finishing with school-record 41 points in win over Bellevue East.
• Honorary co-captain of the Omaha World-Herald all-Metro team as a senior.
• Named honorary captain of all-state team by the Lincoln Journal Star following his junior and senior campaigns and by the Omaha World-Herald following his senior season.
• Had 28 points, four assists and four steals while hitting 5-of-7 from three-point range in state championship game overtime victory as a junior.
• Team went 89-19 during his four years.
• Earned MVP honors at the Lyle Buell-Tom Brosnihan Memorial All-Star game after scoring 19 points.
• Selected as a 2008 section winner of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of  State High School Associations, an award created to recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals that are the core mission of high school athletics.
• Played for the Omaha Crusaders AAU team.
• Attended same high school as former NFL running backs Gale Sayers and Ahman Green.
• Coached by Eric Behrens.

More About Josh
Full Name: Josh Elijah Jones
Birthday: Oct. 31, 1989
Birthplace: Omaha, Neb.
Parents: Desiree and the late John Jones Sr.
Siblings: John (28), James (18), Jordan (12)
Major: Public Relations/Journalism
Nicknames: Jonesy
Favorite Sports Memory: Winning state three times
Why Creighton: Loyalty and commitment both ways
Career Ambitions: Marketing or advertising
Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Favorite Sports Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Favorite Spot on Campus: My loft
Favorite Sports Memory: Playing in the 2012 NCAA Tournament
Summer 2012 Job: Working basketball camps

Career Highs

21 vs. Davidson    3/21/11
Field Goals
7 vs. Davidson    3/21/11
Field Goal Attempts
11 (2x), last vs. Davidson    3/21/11
3-Point Field Goals
4 (3x), last vs. Evansville    3/3/12
3-Point Field Goals Attempted
8 vs. Bradley    3/5/10
Free Throws
6 vs. Evansville    2/5/11
Free Throws Attempted
8 vs. Evansville    2/5/11
5 (2x), last at Oregon    4/1/11
4 (7x), last vs. Bradley    1/28/12
1 (2x), last at Oregon    4/1/11
3 (3x), last vs. Evansville (OT)    2/21/12
29 vs. Indiana State    1/29/11
Position: Guard
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Central