It was reported today by the Dallas County coroner’s office that 23-year-old Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones passed away after bleeding out from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
The cause of death was confirmed by Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Before entering the league, Jones played four collegiate seasons at three different schools. As a freshman in 2010-11, he played at USC before transferring to UNLV for his sophomore and junior seasons. He finished his career in 2014-15 as a member of the Iowa State Cyclones.
In August of last year, he signed with the Pelicans after going through the Summer League with them, and he was waived in October, just a few days before the season began. The Idaho Stampede of the NBA’s D-League acquired Jones off waivers, and he appeared in nine games with them. His averages of 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.0 steals helped him standout and earned him a second go-around with New Orleans.
Jones signed a 10-day contract with the Pelicans on January 21 and was then awarded a second contract on February 1. In 14 games with the team, 11 of which were starts, Bryce averaged 5.6 points on 40% shooting and added 3.4 rebounds. He scored a career-high 17 on February 4 in a 99-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
You can view Iowa State’s press release here, and many, many heartfelt condolences to all of Jones’ friends and family.