Former Logan Star, Lazeric Jones, Now with Bulls
July 14, 2014
BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services
CARTERVILLE – Former John A. Logan College and UCLA standout basketball player Lazeric Jones has been selected to play for the Chicago Bulls summer league team with games beginning this weekend in Las Vegas.
A 6-foot-2, 190-pound point guard, Jones helped to lead the Volunteers to a Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship his sophomore year in 2010 and then enjoyed successful junior and senior seasons with the Bruins, being named Second Team PAC 12 All-Conference in 2012 after averaging 13.5 points, 4.09 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game.
A product of Chicago Simeon High School, Jones attended a brief summer camp with the Sacramento Kings of the NBA in 2012 before accepting an offer to play overseas for Israel. He has spent the last two years honing his skills.
“I’m very proud of Lazeric. He has worked hard to get this opportunity with the Bulls,” said Logan head coach Kyle Smithpeters, who served the college as an assistant coach when Jones played for the Vols. “I think things are looking promising for him. He’s played well overseas and has earned this chance. Even if the Bulls don’t invite him to training camp this fall, there’s a chance he will impress another team by competing in this summer league.”
Smithpeters said Jones has made a good living as a pro with an Israeli team, but that the ultimate reward is playing in the NBA.
“Zeek is still only 23 years old. I think his best basketball is ahead of him. He just needed a chance to show what he can do.”
Jones joins a Bulls’ summer league roster that features Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Cameron Bairstow. McDermott was the No. 11 overall pick of the NBA draft last month. Other guards besides Snell competing for playing time with Jones are: Kendall Williams (New Mexico); Brandon Paul (Illinois); Billy Baron (Canisius); and Austin Freeman (Georgetown).
The Bulls’ summer league team competes in a series of games Saturday through Monday in Las Vegas against the L.A. Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves. All teams play at least five games. There are 24 summer league teams in all competing in a 67-game schedule now through July 21.
Fans can watch the games live via a subscription-based package at http://nba.com/summerleague.