On Jones: A stalwart power forward ... a wide-framed, rugged athlete ... owns standout offensive and defensive abilities from the low blocks ... a versatile and mature athlete that plays above the rim ... rebounds with aggression at both ends of the floor.
Steve Lavin On Jones: "Christian Jones is an athlete who brings to the court a rare combination of length, brute strength, skill and speed. His strong physical stature complements our roster nicely. Christian's propensity for rebounding, defending and scoring in the basket area is ideally suited for the rugged BIG EAST conference."
At IMG Academy: Played one postgraduate season for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. ... averaged 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds ... helped IMG squad post a 28-2 record in 2011-12 ... one of eight IMG student-athletes to receive scholarships at NCAA Division I programs ... IMG was once the home of St. John's teammate Phil Greene ... 2012 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Maurice Harkless trained at IMG before being selected at No. 15 in the 2012 NBA Draft ... coached at IMG Academy by Loren Jackson.
At James Bowie: A four-year standout at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas ... earned team MVP honors as a senior in 2010-11 ... averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest that season ... local legend grew after throwing down four dunks in a game against high school rival, Sam Houston ... played summer basketball with St. John's teammate Jamal Branch, as they both starred for Team Texas.
Personal: Christian Dion Jones ... born in Dallas, Texas ... son of Phyllis Austin and Craig Jones ... has two sisters, Chelsi (23) and Cali (6), and one brother, Cooper (5) ... majoring in sports management.
Up Close With Christian Jones
Nickname: C.J. or C. Jones
Favorite movie/TV show: "Friday."
Favorite actor/actress: Chris Tucker.
What's on my iPod/mp3 player: Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Gucci Mane, J. Cole.
Favorite food: Spaghetti.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: My dorm room.
Favorite class: English.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: Scoring 30 in a game.
Favorite athlete/sports team: Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
I came to St. John's because: Of the coaches, academics and my teammates.
Best thing about St. Johns: Being in New York.
Few people know that I: Love peanut butter and jelly.
One word to describe me on the court: "Energetic."
One word to describe me off the court: "Quiet."
After St. John's or after basketball career I'd like to: Make it to the NBA. If not be a coach or an accountant.
Favorite quote: "With God, all things are possible." - Jesus Christ
Funny superstitions/pregame rituals: I listen to music.
If I was President for the day, I would: Change the age of getting your driver's license.
The teammate that inspires me is: Everyone on the team.
If I could switch places for a day with any person, I would be: Carmelo Anthony, just to see what it feels like to be an all-star.
If I wasn't playing basketball I would be: Trying to get a college degree in accounting.