A Barlow basketball phenom, who went on to shine at the university and professional levels, will be inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & Museum as part of the 2022 class.
Fred Jones, a Barlow High graduate, University of Oregon and National Basketball Association star, is part of an eight-member group being honored during a ceremony at the end of the month. Alongside Jones are the Oregon Tech Men's Basketball Teams from 2004, 2008 and 2012; Dennis Erickson, coaching; Dave Gasser, coaching; Terry Durham, officiating; Felicia Ragland, basketball; Becky Sisley, masters athlete; and Connie Madigan, hockey.
Any basketball fan can list Jones' accomplishments. As a Bruin, he was a two-time Oregon High School Player of the Year, averaging nearly 30 points a game his senior year and leading Barlow to 45 consecutive Mt. Hood Conference wins over a three-year stretch.
He would go on to play at the University of Oregon from 1998-2002, where he was the first Duck to rank in the Top 10 for eight different statistical categories, and graduated as the fifth-leading scorer in school history. His senior season, Jones earned a first-team all-Pac 10 nod and led the Ducks to a share of their first conference title in 57 years and to the Elite Eight in the postseason tournament.
Jones was selected 14th overall by the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Association draft. From 2002-09, he played for the Pacers, Raptors, Trail Blazers, Knicks and Clippers. Most memorably he wowed fans and judges with a high-flying performance to win the 2004 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Now he is returning to his home state to be celebrated for his sports achievements.
The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame preserves the state's sports heritage through its recognition of outstanding athletes, coaches and contributors. The organization also awards college scholarships through the MacTarnahan Family Trust. This year six student-athletes are receiving $3,000 scholarships to be used for continuing their education at Oregon colleges and universities.
Jones also was inducted into both the Pac-12 Hall of Honor and the University of Oregon Hall of Fame.
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