Earl Amasa Jones (born January 13, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player. He was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Jones attended Mount Hope High School for three seasons, where he led the school to 63 wins in 72 games and the 1978 West Virginia Class AA championship game, while he averaged 28 points. But he struggled outside of the basketball court and at one point as a junior, missed 63 consecutive days of school.
As a senior, he was convinced by William Robinson (who had become his legal guardian), to transfer to Spingarn High School, where he had to go through a legal process over his eligibility.
He averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds per game, while leading the team to a city championship. He was considered an elite basketball prospect and one of the best players in the nation, but his low grades (2.1 grade average) limited the offers he received from NCAA Division I schools.
Jones enrolled at Division II University of the District of Columbia, where Robinson was named an assistant coach. As a sophomore in 1982, he led the school to the National Collegiate Athletic Associate Division II Championship.
He was a threetime Division II All-American and a twotime NCAA Division II Player of the Year, with a career scoring average of 21.7 points. He represented the United States in the World Games.
Entering the 1984 NBA draft, he was considered a risk, because of his small school experience, his underdeveloped body and his reputation as an underachiever. He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 23rd pick in the 1st round of the 1984 NBA draft.
As a rookie, he was limited by injuries, including a fractured right foot. He appeared in only two games for a total of seven minutes and took only one shot. On October 9, 1985, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for "future considerations". On October 22, he was waived.
In 1985, he played for the Kansas City Sizzlers of the Continental Basketball Association. On January 13, 1986, he signed a 10day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. On January 23, he signed a second 10day contract.
In 1995, he signed with the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association.
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