After toiling most of his professional basketball career in the German Pro B and Regionaliga, Andrew Jones (191-SG-83, college: Miles) will get his chance to show his basketball art in the Pro A with the Niners Chemnitz. With most players already out of basketball at the age of 30 after having given up the low salary and the little recognition of playing in the lower leagues of Germany, Jones has been one of the few special cases that has continued to grind year in and year out playing the game he loves. In September he spoke to eurobasket and described his new experience with the Niners Chemnitz as being a very rewarding one and now has been rewarded with the chance to play at least 5 games while filling in for the departed Jajuan Johnson who was a rookie out of Marquette (NCAA), but couldn’t fullfil the expectations of the team averaging 7,2ppg, 3,0rpg and 3,0apg. The club announced that the homesickness of Johnson effected his play and the departure would be best for both sides. The club is looking for a replacement, but until that player is found, Jones will fill in and help out while also continuing to play for the Chemnitz 2 team in the Regionaliga 2.
Jones is a 191cm guard that started his basketball career at : Miles (NCAA2). He got his first experience playing with the Marietta Storm (SEBL), and the BC Celtics (SEBL). He played his first professional season in Germany in 2008 with the Dresden Titans (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 3 games averaging 25.7ppg later that month moved to the Aschersleben Tigers BC (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 11 games averaging 18.0ppg. Over the years he found a home with the Dresden Titans and would always return back there playing there three more seasons with his best statistical being the 2012-2013 season where he played 22 games averaging 18.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 77.1%. In the 2013-2014 season with Dresden he played 25 games averaging 17.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 78.5%. His last year with Dresden was in the 2015-2016 season where he played 28 games averaging 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 23.7%, FT: 63.6%. He also got additional basketball experience with the Aschersleben Tigers BC (Germany-Regionalliga) in 20111-2012 playing 22 games averaging 23.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.9apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3Pts: 27.5%, FT: 68.7%. He also played with Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito (Ecuador-National League) in 2013 and played a season with C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) in 2010-2011 playing 30 games averaging 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 74.5%.
Even if the Drsden Titans will remain his special home as he still lives there with his family, but Andrew Jones and the Niners Chemnitz just fit together. One could already feel that in his interview with eurobasket in Spetember as he described his new basketball home and possibility and hope of playing Pro A basketball. “This experience is more than I expected! The club has been great. Coach Rodrigo has a very high coaching I.Q. I’m learning every day. I thank God for putting me in this situation. I was worried when I knew I would train with them. I was not in the best shape, however I put my best foot forward. Taking the year off from basketball affected me a little as well. Getting some of the plays down took some time. My basketball brain did not kick in until the third week. My training has stayed the same. It’s the preparation and regeneration that changes. Taking care of your body after practices and games are the keys to staying in it”, stressed Andrew Jones. The American also is confident that he will make a smooth transition to the Pro A when given the chance. ” Honestly depending on who you play for there is no difference. However, Coach Rodrigo wants things done the right way. His style of play makes you create more opportunities for the next teammate. I compare it to styles of the euroleague teams. The speed for me is no difference. Playing with a group of guys with a pass first mentality, is something new for me. It’s a better brand of basketball”, stressed Andrew Jones. Jones also will be key for helping the young players and also has lauded the work with head coach Rodrigo Pastore. “My overall experience with the game would help. It’s not just about dribbling, defending, shooting and whatever physical thing that’s done on the court. The mental side of the game is just as important. Teaching them how to deal with adversity as well as the game itself would be my main focus. He was so close to leading the team to the BBL last season. From the first day I trained with him he expected high level performance. With everything! That means footwork, setting screens, making the right reads and so much more. He prepares very well and really knows the game. He treats every player from young to old the same. If anyone makes a mistake he let’s them know quickly”, warned Andrew Jones. Jones is 34 years old and finally will play in the Pro A and deserves it more than anybody.