Jones Reaches New Heights
Mammoth forward Adam Jones was a much-heralded prospect leading up to the 2011 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. Many said he would have been the first overall selection a year earlier had he passed on his final season of NCAA eligibility. But, he finished school at Canisius and was taken the third player picked in September’s draft (above) by Colorado.
With but a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the 5’11”, 175-pound left-hander has played like a veteran despite being just 22 years old. He’s a decade-and-a-half younger than teammate John Grant Jr.
“Adam’s shown a maturity well beyond his years,” said Mammoth head coach Bob Hamley (above, left).
Jones’ 64-point season is the most all-time for a Colorado rookie, and he’s just one goal shy of tying Brian Langtry’s rookie tally total of 28. He’s also just one point behind current rookie class leader Kevin Crowley (Wings), but Philadelphia’s played an extra game.
The Colorado forward is the NLL’s reigning Rookie of the Month, an award he won in January as well. Jones also has three league Rookie of the Week honors to his resume, and has three more games to try to tack on more.
When the Mammoth made Jones the third overall pick seven months ago, the team’s brass knew it snatched up a promising talent. But what the Owen Sound, ON native has done in the first 13 games of his pro career has exceeded their expectations.
“We told Adam that we expected him to make an immediate impact,” said Hamley. “He’s done that ten times over.”
Jones and the Mammoth host the defending champion Toronto Rock on ‘Lacrosse Out Cancer’ Night presented by HealthONE this Saturday, April 14 at 7pm MT on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center. Tickets are on sale now at the Pepsi Center box office, all Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods retail kiosks, online at TicketHorse.com, or by calling 303.53.HORSE.