Shawn Jones is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Florida playing his fourth professional season and first with Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Italy-Serie A). Last season he split time with Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel-Winner League) playing 15 games averaging 5.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 51.8%, FT: 56.7%: In the Eurocup: he played 18 games averaging 5.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 62.1%, FT: 53.1%, in Apr.’17 moved to Scandone Avellino (Italy-Serie A) playing 3 games averaging 12.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0spg. He came to Europe in 2015 and played with MoraBanc Andorra (Spain-ACB) playing 34 games averaging 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 63.5%. He played his rookie season with the Miami Heat (NBA), released in Oct.’14, then moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) playing 52 games averaging 13.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 67.9%. He played at Middle Tenn.St. (NCAA) from 2010-2014 playing a total of 126 NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 68.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Basketball Champions League game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Oldenburg.
Shawn, thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome back to Germany. Last season with Hapoel Jerusalem you lost 103-77 in Ulm. What memories do you have of that tough game?
I remember we had a tough travel day. We got in late and we practiced at midnight. That was the latest that I had ever practiced. We had some flight delays which was the reasons for the late arrival. Ulm was like a machine in the game. They hardly missed. It just wasn´t our night.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it´s basketball? Do you have any friends playing in Germany now or in the past?
I have some former teammates playing in Germany like Reggie Upshaw and Marcos Knight in the past. I remember having some battles in college with Augustine Rubit. I have heard only good things about Germany. Guys have said that they have called Germany home for the 10 months that they were there.
Banco Di Srdegna is playing solid in the Serie A and Basketball Champions League, but surely has a lot of upside. What are you most excited about that this team has and will still show in the coming months?
I am more excited just seeing our potential to keep improving every day. I feel that we can still improve in all aspects and don´t really have a real feel for each other yet.