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Jones And Sun Could Return To Action Soon

Jonquel Jones in action.

Jonquel Jones in action.

As of Monday, June 8, 2020


#Tribune Sports Reporter


#JONQUEL Jones and her Connecticut Sun could return to action soon as the WNBA has a tentative proposal in place for its delayed 2020 season due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

#According to ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel, the league has proposed a 22-game regular season, hosted at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Opening day is set for July 24 and the playoffs would conclude in October. Players have yet to approve the proposal and playoff details have yet to be revealed.

#IMG Academy’s basketball complex has four state-of-the-art courts, according to the facility’s website. The WNBA has 12 teams with a maximum roster size of 12 players each.

#The WNBA regularly hosts a 36-game regular season from May to September, with the playoffs concluding in October. This season, the league intended to introduce a midseason tournament, the Commissioner’s Cup, however, the amended season halted those plans.

#Jones signed a multi-year contract with the Sun in February as the league’s free agency period commenced.

#“We are pumped to have JJ sign a multi-year contract to stay in Connecticut,” head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “She has proven to be one of the most dominant and versatile players in the world. She continues to be one of the elite rebounders in the game and took a huge step on the defensive side of the ball in 2019. She is just scratching the surface and we look forward to her continued growth and leadership in 2020.”

#The Sun fell one game short in their historic run toward a WNBA Championship last season, but the fourth-year forward has established herself as one of the premier players in the league with her standout season.

#Jones was named to the All-WNBA Second Team, the WNBA All-Defensive Team for the first time, finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting, was a WNBA All-Star and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week four times.

#She finished the regular season with starts in all 34 appearances, averaged 14.6 points and posted career highs in steals (1.5 per game) and minutes played (28.8 per game). She also won her second rebounding title in four seasons. Jones led the league in rebounds with 9.7 boards and blocked shots at a career high 2.0 per game. She also finished fourth in defensive rebounds with 6.4 per game. She grabbed 10 or more rebounds 16 times, including a season high 22 rebounds on May 31. In the offseason, Jones was a member of UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Russian Women’s Basketball Premier League.

Jones, WNBA could return in July

Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones

.June 10, 2020

Simba French


It looks like Bahamian women’s professional basketball player Jonquel “JJ” Jones, the starting center of the Connecticut Sun in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), will be back on the court in short order. A proposal has the season getting underway on July 24, according to ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel.

An article surfaced late last week, also stating that games will be played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, according to multiple sources.

The season was scheduled to get underway on May 15. A 36-game regular season schedule was on the table, but it was pushed back indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the proposal, the league is allegedly suggesting a 22-game schedule.

Jones is riding out the pandemic at home on Grand Bahama. She and the Sun are on a mission to get back to work as they were one game shy of winning the WNBA championship last season. It was the Sun’s first WNBA Finals appearance since 2005, and they are still looking for their first title. The Sun fell in a fierce five-game series to a tough Washington Mystics team, losing three games to two.

There are no details about the playoffs which traditionally ends in October.

As for what it means for players’ salaries, Voepel wrote that a part of the

proposal include players possibly only receiving 60 percent of their normal salaries.

Executive Director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) Terri Jackson said that she has been talking to players.

“No decisions have been made,” Jackson told ESPN. “Players are considering all their options.”

This proposal came on the heels of the NBA Board of Governors approving a proposal on Thursday to restart their season on July 31. They will be in Orlando, Florida, at Walt Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. An eight-game schedule for each of the 22 teams is on the table. There could be a play-in tournament as well, and then the traditional playoffs will get underway and is set to end by October 12.

The IMG Academy Gymnasium has four state-of-the-art courts. Also, the Legacy Hotel is nearby.

Jones was phenomenal last season. Back in February she signed a multi-year contract to return to the Sun.

In 2019, the 6’6” Grand Bahamian was just shy of averaging a double-double in a healthy regular season where she played and started all 34 games. She finished the regular season averaging 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She added two blocks per game. Jones led the league in rebounding and was tied with Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner for the league lead in blocks.

Jones’s stunning regular season numbers didn’t go unnoticed. She was named as an all-star and a member of the All-WNBA Second Team for the second time in her career. Jones was also named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team.

For her rebounding efforts, the 2016 sixth overall pick in the WNBA Draft won the 2019 WNBA Peak Performer Award in that category for the second time in her career. She also won that award in 2017 when she inked her name in the history books by recording a WNBA record 403 rebounds in a season, averaging 11.9 per contest. She was named as the WNBA Most Improved Player that year.

During the team’s postseason run last year, Jones took her play up a notch, averaging 17.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Signing Jones to a new deal was just one move the Sun prioritized in the offseason. They also snatched veteran guard/forward DeWanna Bonner from the Mercury. Bonner averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The Sun is now expected to feature a starting frontline of Jones, Bonner and Alyssa Thomas.

This is set to be the league’s 24th year since its inaugural season in 1997. Though no agreement has come to fruition as yet, the proposal is a great sign that there are some efforts to get the season underway.