Perry Jones III leaving to enter draft

Updated: April 9, 2012, 5:24 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Baylor forward Perry Jones III is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

Jones made the announcement Monday in a statement issued by the school. He had returned for his sophomore season after being projected as a top pick last year.

Instead of becoming Baylor's first one-and-done player, Jones sat through a five-game suspension to start his sophomore season after the NCAA determined he accepted improper benefits before coming to Baylor.

The school's first preseason Big 12 Player of the Year averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds as the Bears reached the regional finals in the NCAA tournament before losing to national champion Kentucky.

As a freshman, Jones averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.


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