Warriors rookie Damian Jones likely to sit out training camp
The Warriors will most likely have to start training camp without rookie center Damian Jones, according to Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News. Jones is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle suffered on June 11 during a workout with the Orlando Magic.
Warriors rookie center Damian Jones is progressing from June pec injury. Back lifting weights. Not on court yet. Unlikely for start of camp.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 7, 2016
The injury kept Jones out of the Summer League; he returned home to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for surgery. The 7-foot center is back in the gym lifting alongside his Warriors teammates, but has yet to see the court since joining Golden State.
The Warriors picked up Damian Jones with the 30th overall pick in this year’s draft, looking to fill important holes in their game down low.
Before committing to the NBA Draft a year early, Jones spent three years at Vanderbilt, where he averaged 13.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.69 blocks and 27.2 minutes per game. He earned first-team All-SEC honors his sophomore and junior year, hitting 56.6 percent from the field and finishing second his school’s all-time blocks list with 167 total stuffs.
In his final season, Jones helped Vanderbilt to the team’s first NCAA Tournament in four seasons.