Marion Jones #20 Guard
- Born: Oct 12, 1975
- Height: 5-10 / 1,78
- Weight: 150 lbs. / 68,0 kg.
- College: North Carolina
- Years Pro: 1
Background2010: Signed with Tulsa in the offseason and was the oldest rookie in the WNBA . . . Played in 33 out of 34 games . . . Started her first career game and scored a season-high 14 points in Tulsa’s final game on 8/21/10 against Chicago . . . Played more than 20 minutes in the final three games and averaged 10.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in that time span WNBA: Signed with the Shock as a free agent on March 10, 2010 . . . Originally drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2003 WNBA Draft (3rd Round, 33rd Overall) but never played for the team . . . Is the only rookie in the WNBA over the age of 30 and is the eighth oldest player in the league in 2010.
COLLEGE CAREER: Despite only playing three years at the University of North Carolina, Jones was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary women’s basketball team . . . Jones was the starting point guard as a freshman on the Tar Heels team that won the national championship in 1994. . . She averaged 14.1 points that season and in 1995 became the first Tar Heels sophomore to reach the 1,000-point mark. . . Jones was 9-0 in Atlanta Coast Conference Tournament play as a member of championship teams in 1994, 1994 and 1997. . . She was named to the ACC All-Freshman team in 1994 and to the 1995 NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team . . . She was an All-ACC pick in 1995 and 1997, and earned ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player and All-America honors from Basketball America in 1997. . . She was also a third-team selection by the Basketball Times and the AP. . . Despite playing just three seasons, she ranks 14th all-time in scoring at UNC with 1,716 career points. She ranks third in career scoring average (16.8), fifth in field goal percentage (53.0), third in steals (334) and eighth in assists (403).
PERSONAL: Jones starred on the basketball court at Thousand Oaks High School and led the team to a California State Basketball Championship in 1992 before being named the California Division I Player of the Year as a senior. . . Jones graduated from North Carolina in 1997 with a degree in Broadcast-Journalism. . . As a member of the USA Track Team, she won gold medals in the 100 Meters and 4x100 Meter Relay in the 1997 World Championships. . . In 1998 she recorded personal bests of 10.65 in the 100 Meters and 21.62 in the 200 Meters - these marks still stand in the record books. . .After defending her 100 Meter title at the 1999 World Championships, Jones went on to win five (5) medals, three (3) Gold and two (2) Bronze at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. . .In 2007, she was stripped of those medals because of her admission to using performance-enhancing drugs. . . As a result of her confession, Jones was sentenced, and served 6-months in federal prison for lying to federal investigators. . . She voluntarily returned her five (5) Olympic medals, and publicly apologized to her family, friends and fans all over the world.
Career TransactionsSigned with Tulsa Shock on March 10, 2010.
Drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2003 WNBA Draft (3rd Round, 33rd overall) but never played for the team.