The Connecticut Sun announced today Jonquel Jones has signed a multi-year contract to return to the organization.
Per team policy, no details were released.
This past season, Jones helped lead Connecticut to its first WNBA Finals appearance since 2005. The Sun posted a 23-11 regular season record and a 5-3 record during the playoffs. During the team’s post-season run, Jones averaged 17.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. The 6’6” center finished the 34-game regular season averaging 14.6 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game. Additionally, Jones was named an All-Star and member of the All-WNBA Second Team for the second time in her career. She was also named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team and led the league in both total rebounds and blocks.
“We are pumped to have JJ sign a multi-year contract to stay in Connecticut,” head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “She has proven to be one of the most dominant and versatile players in the world. She continues to be one of the elite rebounders in the game and took a huge step on the defensive side of the ball in 2019. She is just scratching the surface and we look forward to her continued growth and leadership in 2020.”
Jones is a two-time WNBA All-Star and in 2019, was named to the All-WNBA Second Team. In 2017, Jones grabbed 403 rebounds, which set a new mark in league history. For her efforts off the bench in 2018, Jones earned WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year.
Selected sixth overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, Jones was later traded to the Sun. In her four-year career with Connecticut, Jones has recorded 1827 career points, 1152 rebounds and 198 blocked shots. The George Washington product amassed 1500 points against the New York Liberty on Aug. 8 and 1000 rebounds on Aug. 23 against the Las Vegas Aces. A highlight for Jones’ career came in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals where she posted 32 points and 18 rebounds to become the first ever to record a 30-15 game in the finals.
The multifaceted forward has shown the ability to dominate in the paint, both offensively and defensively, as well as the knack to score from behind the arc. This combined skillset allowed her to tally 43 three-pointers this season as well as grab 330 rebounds and block 68 shots.
The Connecticut Sun 2020 WNBA campaign tips off on May 16 vs. the New York Liberty. For tickets and information, visit ConnecticutSun.com.