Vote for Jonquel Jones!
It’s very easy.
Just go online to “wnba all-star voting” and when the list of teams pops up, select the Connecticut Sun. Then, simply tick the box next the Jonquel Jones’ photo and vote. At last official check, the 6-6 center/forward who hails from the settlement of Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama, was fourth in the voting, some 300 behind third place.
The Bahamian star is having an all-star season for sure. She leads in rebounding at 10.7 per game; is tied at the top in block shots, on a 2.3 per game pace; and she is top 10 in scoring, at 16.3. Jones has her team solidly entrenched in the top five. Going into a scheduled 2 p.m. game today against the Minnesota Lynx, Connecticut sports a 9-4 record, second only to the Washington Mystics (9-3).
It is highly likely that Jones, based on her play so far this season, would be included in the mix once the starters are finalized. However, she deserves to be a starter as she was two seasons ago. Robyn Brown, the Sun’s marketing coordinator and the front office, is pushing for a Jones starting berth.
“Jonquel is currently number four on the list, but only 300 votes away from being third. We are in the home stretch. Any help we can get from the people in The Bahamas is so important since every vote counts,” noted Brown when she communicated recently. Voting will remain open until next Tuesday, July 9.
As aforementioned, Jones is indeed having the kind of season that supports being among the starting five when jump ball time arrives for the 16th WNBA mid-season classic, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The game is to be televised live by ABC.
Arguably, Jones has the finest basketball resume in Bahamian history. She has been a part of championships teams in Asia; and in the WNBA, the top reputed women’s basketball competitive forum in the world, Jones has captured significant awards. She has been named the Most Improved and Best Sixth Woman. She was a seasonal record-breaking rebounder two years ago and is on pace to reclaim the rebounding title she won in 2017.
Without a doubt, Jones compares favorably with such Bahamian-born male players as Mychal Thompson, DeAndre Ayton and Chavano “Buddy” Hield (another native of Grand Bahama). Thompson is thought by many to still be at the pinnacle of Bahamian basketball. He was the first foreign player to be drafted No.1 in the NBA, won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and was on the Rookie First Team. The Phoenix Suns’ Ayton’s prime milestone thus far as a pro was achieving the No. 1 draft choice milestone. Hield had a breakthrough year last season for the Sacramento Kings.
Only Jones, however, up to this point, has attained all-star status, and she has done that on both sides of the pond. That’s huge. Another starting all-star selection would further enhance a career that is glowing.
Let’s do it for Jonquel!
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