Bryce Dejean-Jones was a rising NBA star whose light was extinguished far too early after he was fatally shot in the abdomen at 23. Click through to learn more about the late NBA rookie’s life!
The New Orleans Pelicans lost a gifted talent on May 28, 2016, after Bryce Dejean-Jones, 23, was fatally shot in the abdomen during a break-in. Since Bryce just signed with the NBA, he’s not a household name just yet – so click through to learn five important facts abut him!
1. He played basketball for three different colleges
It sounds a little weird, but Bryce made several decisions about his basketball career while he was in college that paved the way for future success. First attending USC, Bryce played well for the team, appearing in 18 out of 34 games freshman year, and starting in the first 10 games of the season. But sophomore year, he transferred to UNLV, where he was uber successful, starting in the NCAA tournament! He then transferred to Iowa State University junior year, and stayed their until graduation in 2015.
2. He didn’t get picked in the 2015 NBA draft
Bryce seemed like a shoo-in for the 2015 NBA draft, but no such luck. However, the New Orleans Pelicans saw his potential and allowed him to play with the team in the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
3. The New Orleans Pelicans once signed him and released him
After playing with the Pelicans during the 2015 summer league, the team signed him in August. But they waived him in October, after he played seven preseason games. Bummer!
4. He signed a contract with the Pelicans in February 2016
After proving he had amazing skills, Bryce signed a three-year contract with the Pelicans in February 2016. Unfortunately, just a week after signing, it was determined that he needed surgery to correct a fractured wrist, and would be out a season.
5. He’s a father
There’s little said about it, but Bryce is the father to one little girl, named Ally Cymone Faith Dejean Jones. It’s unclear how old she is, or who her mother is.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.