Redshirt sophomore Chris Jones is back for his third year at Pitt after earning significant minutes off the bench last year. Jones, who saw action in 30 games and 222 minutes in 2013-14, provides the Panthers with a total package of skills including shooting ability, steady passing and size on the defensive end at both small forward and shooting guard. A 6-foot-6 multi-dimensional shooting guard who can also slide over and play small forward, Chris Jones brings elite size, athleticism, strength and ability to the shooting guard position. Jones has been described as a natural leader and consistent shooter, who also possesses game-changing athleticism and slashing ability. He brings a unique versatility on defense with his ability to guard all three perimeter positions. Jones has a high basketball IQ and the ability to make his teammates better. A premier offensive player, his strengths are his ability to hit jumpers off the dribble and adeptness at creating his own shot. Jones is a proven winner who excels not only on the court, but off it as well. A late signee in April, 2012, Jones was one of the top high school players in the state of New Jersey.
Played in 30 games off the bench as a freshman...Hit 11 consecutive free throws from 11/8/13-1/11/14...Tied career-highs with eight points and four field goals made in NCAA Tournament game vs. Colorado, 3/20...Finished with seven points (2-4 FG) in 16 minutes vs. Florida State, 2/23...Played a career-high 21 minutes at North Carolina, 2/15...Played 14 minutes, scored on a driving layup at Maryland, 1/25...In a career-high 20 minutes played, scored four points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists vs. Clemson, 1/21...Set career-highs for scoring (eight points), field goals made and attempted (3-4), 3-pointers made and attempted (2-3) vs. Texas Tech, 11/25...Finished with seven points and registered career-highs for free throws (5-5) and rebounds (four) vs. Howard, 11/17.
Redshirted the 2012-13 season.
A 2012 graduate of Teaneck High School in Teaneck, N.J. where he played for head coach Jerome Smart...Named First-Team All-State and selected the Bergen Record Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a senior...First Team All-Bergen County (N.J.) and All-Big North Conference First Team selection... Led Teaneck to a 31-1 record as a senior and 59 wins in its final 63 career games...Led the Highwaymen to a 31-game win streak as a senior and 28-game win streak as a junior...Concluded his high school career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,319 points...Averaged 21.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a senior...Also hit 39 3-pointers on the year...Finished year with 16 20-point games including a string of eight consecutive 20-plus point contests...Scored a season-high 27 points two times (vs. Bergen Tech and Hackensack)...Scored a game-high 23 points in the 34th annual North/South All-Star Classic, which showcased the best basketball players in the state of New Jersey...Led Teaneck to back-to-back Bergen County Jamboree titles and back-to-back North 1, Group 3 championships...Led Teaneck to its first ever victory against St. Patrick in the New Year's Jump Off as a senior...Scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds and six steals in the momentum-building victory...Posted a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds in his senior season opener...Lost to Plainfield (N.J.) in the state semifinals for the second straight year...Earned All-Bergen County First Team, ESPN-HS New Jersey All-State Fourth Team and First Team All-Big North Conference honors after averaging 16 points per game as a junior...Led Teaneck to a 27-4 record...Teaneck eventually fell to Plainfield (N.J.) in the NJSIAA Group 3 semifinal during his junior season...Played for the New Jersey Playaz AAU team under coaches Jerome Smart and Jim Salmon...Pitt assistant coach and former Pitt player Brandin Knight is a former Playaz player.
Born Christopher Jones on February 22, 1994...Son of Kenneth and Patricia Jones...Has one brother, Jon...Committed to Pitt on February 27, 2012, only a few days after receiving his scholarship offer...Committed to Pitt saying "it's a great school with a great coach" and that he has a "great" relationship with asst. coach Brandin Knight...Also said that he enjoyed the "family atmosphere"...Known as a role model to other students for his hard work, leadership and dedication on the court and in the classroom...Honor Roll student...Selected Pitt over La Salle, Rhode Island, Boston U., Colorado, Siena and Nebraska...Also had interest from Connecticut, Virginia Tech and Seton Hall...Majors in communication and rhetoric.
Points: 8, two times- vs. Colorado, 3/20/14; Texas Tech, 11/25/14. FG made: 4, vs. Colorado, 3/20/14. FG attempts: 5, vs. Wake Forest, 3/13/14. 3FG Made: 2, vs. Texas Tech, 11/25/14. 3FG attempts: 3, two times- Florida State, 3/23/14; vs. Texas Tech, 11/25/13. FT made: 5, Howard, 11/17/13. FT attempts: 5, Howard, 11/17/13. Rebounds: 6, Clemson, 1/21/14. Offensive Rebounds.: 3, two times- Virginia, 2/4/14; Howard, 11/17/13. Defensive Rebounds.: 5, Clemson, 1/21/14. Assists: 3, Clemson, 1/21/14. Steals: 2, at North Carolina State, 1/4/14. Blocks: 1, Loyola Marymount, 12/6/13. Minutes: 21, at North Carolina, 2/15/14.