June 22, 2020 – The Connecticut Sun announces today that Jonquel Jones has chosen not to participate in the 2020 WNBA Season.
“On behalf of our entire organization, we fully support JJ’s difficult decision to sit out the 2020 WNBA season during these unprecedented times,” said Sun General Manager and Head Coach Curt Miller. “We recognize the amount of unique challenges, sacrifices, and unknowns this season presents, and from the top down, there is an unwavering commitment to support each player’s respective decision. We look forward to having JJ back leading us next summer.”
Jones, a 2019 WNBA All-Star, helped lead the Sun to game 5 of the 2019 WNBA finals, the team’s first appearance in the finals since 2005. The 6’6” center, started in all 34 regular season games and eight playoff competitions and averaged 14.6 and 17.9 points per game, respectfully. A defensive staple to the Sun, Jones led the league in both total rebounds (330) and blocks (68) and was also named to the WNBA All-Defensive Team. Her averages included 9.7 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game during the regular season and 10.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game throughout the playoffs.
“After careful thought and consideration I’ve decided to forego the upcoming WNBA season and use this time to focus on personal, social, and familial growth,” said Jones. “This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve made but the resurgence and unknown aspects of COVID -19 have raised serious health concerns that I do not feel comfortable competing in. I’d like to thank the Connecticut Sun organization, my teammates and fans for their unwavering support and understanding. While I won’t be competing this year I’m looking forward to lacing up with my teammates in 2021 and continuing the pursuit for a WNBA championship. Wishing the entire league and everyone involved a healthy and enjoyable season. Go Sun!”
On June 15, the WNBA announced plans to tip off the 2020 Season which included the single site location for a 22-game regular season, an update on player salary and benefits and that the season will feature, “bold commitment to social justice.” For more information on the Sun and 2020 WNBA season, visit connecticutsun.com.