University of Louisville basketball signee Chris Jones is considered the top junior college player in the country. Now, he's hit one of the most memorable single shots of the season in college basketball.
The 5-foot-11 Jones scored a school-record 49 points, including an amazing 75-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to give Northwest Florida State College an 80-78 victory over Lee College.
"I've never seen anything like this happen," NW Florida coach Steve Forbes said. "It was so unbelievable. And it's not like it hit the rim or banked. He swished it in. It was from the other free-throw line and it swished."
Forbes said with seven seconds left that Jones took an off-balanced shot that missed and was rebounded by Lee. NW Florida then fouled and with 2.6 seconds left, a Lee player missed two free throws.
"I told Chris on the second one to grab it and shoot," Forbes said. "He got the rebound, took one dribble and swished it. It was unreal.
"Honestly, I didn't know what to say. I keep looking at my wife and we'll just say, ‘It really went in.' I mean it was unbelievable."
Forbes said his team was struggling in the first half and Jones told him, "I'nm going to take over." He scored 21 points in the second half.
Jones finished 14 of 26 from the field, including 7 of 16 three-pointers. He was 14 of 17 on free throws and also had seven rebounds.
Jones is averaging 27.1 points a game for NW Florida (8-0), which is ranked No. 2 in the national Division I JUCO poll.