David ‘DJ’ Jones, Founder of Shooting For Success, is Vietnam-bound where he is expected to sign on as Coach for the Vietnamese Women’s National Basketball Team, later this month.
Jones, however, won’t be alone. The former professional basketball player known around the world as San Antonio’s ‘Shot Doctor’ is headed to Vietnam with his daughter, 22-year-old Mailee Jones, an active player on the Vietnamese Women’s Team.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Jones. “Not only do I get to share my passion and years of playing pro ball with a country where the sport is gaining momentum, I also get to coach my own daughter as she pursues her dream playing international basketball and, hopefully, competing in the next Olympics.”
Due to COVID-19, the father-daughter basketball duo will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arriving in Ho Chi Minh.
Jones is expected to spend the first part of 2021 helping the Women’s National Team with recruitment. Early fall, Jones is expected to assume head coaching and training duties with the Vietnamese Women’s 5X5 team, in preparation of the SEA games in November, 2021. A strong finish in the SEA games could ultimately earn Mailee and her teammates a spot in the 2024 Olympics representing Vietnam, for the first time in the country’s history. Mailee would also be the first-ever American player with dual citizenship to compete on the country’s behalf.
While Jones is out, Shooting For Success will continue its normal practice and training schedule under assistant coaches Deandra Haggray and Shon Smith. Jones is expected to return to San Antonio in late December.