South Milwaukee’s Own: Welcome to the NBA, Trey McKinney-Jones

Trey McKinney Jones

Some really good news today via ESPN NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski …

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It sounds like he is South Milwaukee’s first NBA player since Kurt Nimphuis played eight seasons in the pros after leading the Rockets to the 1976 state title and earning All-American honors at Arizona State.

And they play the Bucks in Milwaukee on March 2!

From the NOW article on this …

It will be McKinney-Jones’ first taste of NBA action. 

McKinney-Jones went undrafted in 2013 out of Miami and has played in 26 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G-League this year, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. 

He spent some time with the Milwaukee Bucks for training camp in September 2013 but was waived after appearing in two preseason games. 

Even as a first-team All Conference pick in the Southeast Conference, where he led the Rockets to a co-championship in the SEC North Division, McKinney-Jones did not receive any All-State accolades.

He was one of five senior starters on the Rockets, including fellow Division I recruit Andy Smith. He did, however, start immediately at UM-KC.

His athleticism was never in doubt. The 6-4 McKinney-Jones also won two state titles in the triple jump and holds school records in the triple jump and long jump. His uncle, Mark Jones, played for the Orlando Magic in the NBA, and his aunt, Esther Jones, was a national-champion track and field star at Louisiana State University in 1990 in the 100 and 200 meters and won an Olympic gold in 1992 as a member of the 4×100-meter relay. 

McKinney-Jones has played professionally in Hungary, Israel and France in addition to his time in the G-League.

Congratulations, Trey!

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