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Brionna Jones's Bio

About Brionna Jones

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Weight: 230

Date of Birth: December 18, 1995

College: University of Maryland ‘17

High School: Aberdeen High School (Havre de Grace, MD)

Drafted: Selected by the Connecticut Sun in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2017 WNBA Draft on April 13th, 2017

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Played in 23 games during her rookie season
  • Rookie year totals include 66 points, 38 rebounds, nine steals, three assists and two blocks
  • Strong post player with good finishing skills
  • Good hands
  • Capable of scoring through contact
  • Does not shy away from contact
  • 2021 WNBA Most Improved Player
  • 2021 All Star
  • 2021 AP Most Improved Player

2021 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Started in all 32 regular season games for the Connecticut Sun.
  • Finished with 470 points, 234 rebounds, 56 assists, 44 steals and 980 minutes played.
  • Two-time Player of the Week.
  • First-ever all-star appearance.
  • Earned her 100th career steal in the win over New York on 9/15.
  • Career first double-double on 8/28 against Los Angeles and ended the season with four total (8/31, 9/7, 9/19).
  • Collected her 500th career rebound in the win over Atlanta on 9/19.
  • Tallied her 800th career point against Minnesota 8/19.
  • Became the 16th player in Sun history to record 30+ points in a game in the game against Indiana (7/1), finished with a career high 34. She shot a career 14-19 from the field.
  • Earned a new career high 15 rebounds in the win over Los Angeles (8/28).
  • Part of the first pair of teammates to each have 20+ PTS / 10+ REB on 70% or better from the field in the same WNBA game (8/31 vs Washington).

2020 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Competed in 21 of 22 games and started in all 21 contests including the first of her four-year career with the Sun. Missed one game due to an ankle injury.
  • Started in all seven of the team’s playoff competitions.
  • Scored a career high 235 points on 98-of-162 field goals. Led the team with a career-high 60.5% field goal percentage and averaged 9.4 points.
  • Grabbed 118 rebounds, 59 offensive boards and 59 defensive boards. Averaged 5.6 per game for the season.
  • Recorded 35 steals and finished third on the team in both regular season steals (35) and the postseason steals (11).
  • Tallied a career high 20 points two times this season as well as grabbed a regular season career-high 11 rebounds (8/16) and a postseason high 12 rebounds (9/29).
  • Finished the season with her first two career double-doubles and one playoff career double-double.
  • Recorded 66 total postseason points, grabbed 51 total rebounds and 11 steals.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Competed in 27 regular season games and all eight playoff games
  • Scored 94 points, grabbed 59 rebounds and added nine steals and nine assists
  • Averaged a career-high 3.5 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game
  • Tallied a season-high 14 points and 10 rebounds against Indiana (9/8/19)
  • Scored double figures in two contests

2018 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Competed in 27 regular season games
  • Scored 84 points, 53 rebounds and tallied six assists, six steals and six blocks
  • Tallied a career-high 18 points against Indiana (6/24/18)
  • Made a career-high eight field goals against Indiana (6/24/18)
  • Recorded a career-high 3 blocks against Phoenix (6/16/18)
  • Scored double figures in two contests

2017 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 23 games with no starts
  • Had a career-high 13 points at Phoenix (9/1)
  • Made a career-high five field goals on six attempts in that same game
  • Had nine points and six rebounds against Chicago (8/25)
  • Had a career-best seven rebounds against Atlanta (6/10)
  • Was an efficient 23 of 40 (57.5 percent) from the field
  • Made 9 of 14 shots in her last three games, averaging 7.3 points and 3.6 rebounds

OVERSEAS COMPETITION

  • During her second year in 2020-21, Jones lead her team in ppg with 17.7. She was second behind CT Sun teammate Alyssa Thomas in rpg averaging 9.0.She shot 61.1% from the field and had a 25.0 efficiency rating. Jones led the ZBL in ppg, with 21.2. Jones helped lead her team to win their 15th ZBL title. She was named MVP of the finals series against Sokol HK.
  • During the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, Jones went to play with ZVVZ USK Praha in the Czech Republic. In her first year with this team, Jones averaged 15.6 ppg. 8.1 rpg and 24.9 mpg. She shot 51.5% from the field. She was second on her team in both rebounds and points, followed behind CT Sun teammate Alyssa Thomas.
  • Jones improved the following year when she returned to play with Nadezhda. She averaged 14.9 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. Her numbers improved as in 2017, Jones averaging 22.7 where in 2018 she averaged 30.9.
  • During the 2017-2018 season, Brionna Jones played for Nadezhda in Russia. Jones was second on her team averaging 11.8 points per game. She was third with averaging 5.5 rebounds per game.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Finished her collegiate career with 1,928 points and 1,209 rebounds
  • Led the nation in field goal percentage as both a junior (.665) and senior (.690)
  • Owns Big Ten career field goal percentage mark
  • Led Maryland to two Final Four appearances (2014, 2015) and three Big Ten regular season and tournament titles
  • Three-time All-Big Ten First Team (2015, ’16, ’17)
  • Played in all 142 games in her collegiate career
  • 11-time Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll
  • Scored in double-figures in 97 games
  • As a senior (2016-17), averaged 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds while starting all 35 games
  • Was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team and the No. 16 Player in the Country by ESPNW
  • Finalist for the Senior CLASS Award
  • All-America First Team (AP), and Second Team (ESPNW)
  • Big Ten ALL-Defensive Team
  • Led Big Ten with 24 double-doubles
  • Collected a career-high 20 rebounds against Washington State (11/26)
  • Named South Point shootout MOP
  • Tied program scoring record with a career-high 42 points against Penn State (1/11)
  • Became the fifth player in school history to reach 1,000 career rebounds
  • Named National Player of the Week by ESPNW, Naismith and USBWA (1/16)
  • Scored in double-figures in 27 games
  • Collected 10 or more rebounds in 19 games
  • Had 12 points and 11 rebounds for her 50th career double-double against Illinois (2/9)
  • As a junior (2015-16), Named Associated Press and WBCA Honorable Mention All-American
  • Named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team, the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30, Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 and the Naismith Early Season, Midseason Lists
  • Became the 31st player in Maryland history to reach 1,000 career points against Indiana (1/30)
  • As a sophomore (2014-15), started in all 39 games
  • Named to the All-Big Ten First Team by the coaches and All-Big Ten Second Team by the media, as well as the Academic All-Big Ten Team
  • Recorded 11 double-doubles on the season
  • Helped Maryland finish the regular season18-0 in conference play
  • In her freshman year (2013-14), saw action in every game including 13 starts
  • Recorded her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Syracuse (1/16)

PERSONAL:

  • Daughter of Michael and Sanciarhea Jones
  • Has three siblings – Jarred, Stephanie and  Jordan
  • Mother played volleyball at East Texas State, father played college basketball at Hartford and brother, Jarred, plays basketball at Loyola (Md.)
  • Came to Maryland because she loved the campus and the coaches and players made her feel like she could help them accomplish great things
  • Also considered Virginia, Georgetown, South Carolina and Delaware
  • Kinesiology major
  • Wants to be a pediatrician
  • Selected to the World University Games Team in May 2015
  • Team won gold in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Averaged 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds with five steals in the six-game tournament
  • Ranked No. 48 player overall by Blue Star Report
  • 7 post player and No. 55 overall player in ESPN HoopGurlz’s recruit rankings
  • Averaged 23.5 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game through her junior season
  • Tore her right ACL in January of her senior season
  • Led team to 3A state championship as a junior
  • Named Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year as a junior
  • First Team All-Metro by The Sun as a sophomore and a junior
  • 695hoops Player of the Year as a sophomore and a junior
  • Helped lead AAU Team, Fairfax Stars, to the Chicago Tournament of Champions Elite 8, USJN Final Four and Nike National Silver Bracket Final Four in 2012
  • Attended the Nike Skills Academy in 2011 and 2012 and was named one of top five post players
  • Team won Chicago Tournament of Champions in 2011
  • Also played volleyball
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