July 20, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Villanova basketball legend Wali Jones will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Sheraton Society Hill on Nov. 8. Jones, a product of Philadelphia's Overbrook High School, starred for the Wildcats from 1961-64 and is already a member of the Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Fame.
Jones was represented at the press conference announcing the honor by former Villanova teammate Bill Melchionni. He plans to be in attendance at November's event.
In three varsity seasons, Jones scored 1,428 points, averaging 16.8 ppg in that span. He started every one of the 85 games he played at VU and was recognized as an All-American as a senior in 1963-64. His No. 24 jersey was retired in 1995 and hangs today in the rafters of the Pavilion.
During his Wildcat career, Villanova appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and another in the National Invitation Tournament.
Jones then went on to play 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association and was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers 1967 championship team.
"This is a real honor for me," Jones told Donald Hunt of the Philadelphia Tribune.
Among the notables joining Jones on the list of 2012 inductees are 76ers coach Doug Collins; former Phillie Johnny Callison; longtime New York Jet Joe Klecko; former major league baseball all-star Mike Piazza; and ex-Philadelphia Flyer, Eric Lindros.