This is part of a series previewing some key players for Saturday’s Kentucky-Louisville game.
A 5-foot-10 guard from Northwest Florida State Community College, Chris Jones traveled a crooked path to get to Louisville. A star at Memphis Melrose, he went to Oak Ridge Academy prep school, signed with Tennessee, then ended up at NW Florida, where former UT assistant Steve Forbes was the head coach.
Considered the No. 1 junior college player in the country last season, Jones committed to Louisville one day after taking an official visit to U of L. Jones had been rated as the nation’s 47th-best recruit when he came out with the Class of 2011.
At Louisville, Jones is second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and second in minutes at 25.5 per game. He’s shooting 45.4 percent from the floor and is just behind Wayne Blackshear (45.3) in three-point shooting at 40.5 percent.
Jones has played at least 20 minutes per game in all but one game this season, when he played 19 against Missouri State after missing the previous game (Western Kentucky) because of a sprained wrist.
He has scored 20 points in a game twice, against Hofstra on seven-of-13 shooting and against North Carolina on eight-of-18 from the floor. He has been in double figures in eight of the 11 games he’s played, but scored just nine points against Missouri State and five against Florida International in his last two outings.
In fact, since returning from the wrist injury, Jones is just four-of-15 from the floor and two-of-six from three-point range. He did have six assists without a turnover against Florida International.
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