2019 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, Dennis Jones is awaiting his next opportunity
By Tom Ballato
Dennis Jones spent his first two collegiate seasons at Pratt Community College in Kansas. At Pratt C.C, he had an outstanding career with 701 points, 322 assists, and 88 steals.
After his time at Pratt C.C., Jones sat out a season in 2016-2017 due to not qualifying academically. He choose to transfer to Prairie View A&M (PVAM) because he wanted to play on the Division 1 level.
The defensive minded point guard who likes to get everyone involved, had a great first season at Prairie View A&M. He averaged 12.5 points and 5.2 assists per game. Jones started in 22 of the team’s 33 games.
In his senior season, Jones saw limited action in the beginning of the season, but was eventually inserted into the starting lineup. He averaged 8.6 points, 4.5 assists, and 2 steals per game. Jones was named 2019 Southwestern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was a critical part of an aggressive defense that led the conference in steals and turnovers per game. When asked about his defensive success, Jones said, “It is something I take pride in. As far as things I work on, it varies, but think my anticipation is good with taking charges and getting steals. Defense is something I really take pride in doing.”
When asked about his favorite memory from his time at PVAM, Jones replied, “Most definitely winning the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) Tournament.” Winning the SWAC Tournament gave Prairie View A&M an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It was the second time in the program’s history making it to the tournament and the first time since 1998. PVAM finished the season 22-13 overall and 17-1 in conference play.
They lost in the play-in game to Fairleigh Dickinson, but Jones described the journey to get to the NCAA Tournament by saying, “It was a long journey. At the beginning of the season, I had issues going on with the coaches. In the beginning, I wasn’t playing so I watching and supporting my team. We went on an 11 game losing streak. We went home for Christmas break and I am thankful after that everything worked out. I got put back in the starting lineup and we won 21 of 23 games. They team was clicking. It was a great experience once we started winning and everyone loves winning. When you are winning everything is good.”
Right now Jones is currently a free-agent. After the issues this past season, he is looking to prove to teams that is behind him. Jones is ready to get back to playing his game of basketball. He stated he’s had inquires from teams, but is waiting on a contract offer.
Jones certainly can help a team overseas as a defensive minded point guard.