HOUSTON – University of Houston great and 10-year NBA veteran Dwight Jones passed away Monday at Memorial Hermann/Woodlands. He was 64 years old.
Jones competed for the Cougars from 1971 to 1973, scoring 951 points in 54 games. As a two-year starter, the Houston native and Wheatley High school product helped lead the Cougars to a combined 43-11 record with back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Jones was a two-time USBWA All-District VI honoree and earned NABC All-District First-Team honors in 1973.
“Dwight was a tremendous competitor, who represented the University of Houston and his nation well during his playing career. While his health declined in recent years, he faced those challenges with the same courage and spirit that made him one of our program’s greats. Tonight, our hearts go out to Dwight’s family and friends and all those who knew and loved him,” Head Coach Kelvin Sampson said.
In between his years with the Cougars, Jones competed for Team USA during the 1972 Olympics and tied as the leading scorer for the American squad, which controversially lost the gold medal game to the Soviet Union.
Following his collegiate career, Jones was taken in the First Round of the 1973 NBA Draft with the No. 9 pick by the Atlanta Hawks. Over the next 10 seasons, he played for the Hawks, Houston Rockets (1976-79), Chicago Bulls (1979-83) and Los Angeles Lakers (1982-83).
A GoFundMe page was recently established to help Jones’ family with medical bills and funeral expenses. Fans can visit the GoFundMe page by clicking here.
Funeral services are pending and will be announced soon.