COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Fort Hays State University men's basketball standout Dominique Jones was selected by the USA Basketball 3x3 National Team Selection Committee to represent the United States in the upcoming 2019 Pan American Games in July, located in Lima, Peru. An NABC Division II All-America selection as a senior for FHSU in 2011, Jones is now one of the top FIBA 3x3 players in the world.
Jones is a member of the four-player men's team for USA that includes Kareem Maddox, a former standout player at Princeton University and recent gold medal member of Team USA at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, and NBA G-League members Sheldon Jeter and Jon Octeus. Jeter played at both Vanderbilt University and the University of Pittsburgh in his collegiate days, while Octeus played at both Colorado State University and Purdue University. The women's 3x3 team includes Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Christyn Williams from the University of Connecticut and Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard from the University of Oregon.
Jones has enjoyed a tremendous professional career on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. He is currently holds a No. 2 national ranking in the FIBA points system for players from the United States on the World Tour, and sits among the top 30 players in the world. Jones has helped his 3x3 team from New York/Harlem to several team titles in FIBA World Tour tournaments over the past few years. His NY Harlem team won the 2019 OPAP Limassol Challenger in Cyprus earlier this month and was a member of tournament champion teams in 2018 at the Edmonton Challenger in Canada and the 3BALL USA Showcase in California. He was a member of nine tournament winning teams on the World Tour from 2014-2017.
Jones was a two-year standout player at Fort Hays State, helping the Tigers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009-10 and 2010-11 as the team's point guard. He nearly scored 1,000 points in his two years, finishing with 983. He also averaged 5.1 assists per game in his career, good for fifth-best in program history with a total of 324. Tiger fans also remember him for his unique one-handed free-throw shooting style, as he shot 80 percent at the line in his career at FHSU. He shot 40.2 percent from beyond the 3-point line, draining 132 shots from long range.
Jones was an NABC All-America selection as a senior in 2010-11 with 592 points and 207 assists for the season (17.9 ppg, 6.3 apg). He was a two-time All-MIAA First Team selection and helped guide the Tigers to an MIAA Tournament Championship in 2011. He helped the team to a record of 49-14 over the two years, reaching No. 3 in the NABC national rankings both seasons. He is one of four players to earn All-America honors under current FHSU head coach Mark Johnson. Prior to his time at FHSU, Jones was a two-time all-region performer at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, a member of the NJCAA.
Following his time at FHSU, Jones went on to play professional basketball in Europe before returning to the United States. He enjoyed a brief stint with the Harlem Globetrotters in the summer of 2015 before turning his focus to traveling the world playing in FIBA 3x3 World Tour events.