Jones, whose given name was Wallace, not only started on the 1948 championship basketball team, but also played football for the legendary Bear Bryant, below. From his obit in the Times:
A Bryant story he told concerned the time he was on the sidelines spitting blood after many of his teeth had been knocked loose. Coach Bryant put his arm around the player and ordered him back into the fray.
Jones replied: “My mouth is busted. I’m spittin’ blood.”
Bryant was undeterred. “You don’t run on your teeth!” he said. “Get in there!”