Jones' name was announced at Madison Square Garden by NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik as the third pick in the second of two rounds and 33rd overall. He was the third-straight BIG EAST player selected and one of 11 overall. Jones had been projected as either a late first round selection or second round pick.
"We are extremely excited for Solomon," USF head coach Robert McCullum said. "He has worked extremely hard to add strength and weight and has overcome a lot of doubters with his ability. I hope his selection being as high as it was speaks to player development at the collegiate level and its ability to prepare players for a professional career."
Jones (6-10, 230) is the first USF player selected in the draft since Curtis Kitchen in 1986, who was selected by Seattle in the sixth round.
The Mount Dora, Fla., native was a two-year letterwinner (2004-05 and 2005-06) for the Bulls after transferring from Daytona Beach CC. He earned Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST accolades as a senior after finishing among the league leaders in rebounding and blocked shots. Jones concluded the year averaging 13.2 points per game and 9.8 boards per game and blocked 90 shots.
Should Jones earn a spot on the regular season roster, he would be one of two former USF players currently playing in the NBA. Chucky Atkins (1993-96) currently owns a seven-year NBA career, having most-recently played for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2005-06 campaign.
USF Draft Picks
Player Year Team Round
Solomon Jones 2006 Atlanta 2nd
Curtis Kitchen 1986 Seattle 6th
Charlie Bradley 1985 Sacramento 3rd
Jim Grandholm 1984 Washington 4th
Vince Reynolds 1982 Cleveland 6th
Tony Grier 1982 San Antonio 4th
Willie Redden 1982 San Antonio 3rd