NEXT: The countdown begins
Meet the first five athletes in this year's list of the top 20 up-and-comers in sports
This article appears in the November 2, 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine. It is the beginning of a countdown to ESPN The Magazine's naming of the 'NEXT' athlete in sports, a concept it has been doing since its very first issue.
No. 20: Arthur, Jon and Chandler Jones
Keeping up with the Joneses ain't easy. These brothers from the Binghamton, N.Y., area put a new spin on sibling rivalry: It's them against everyone else. At 6'4" and 293 pounds, Arthur bullies the line of scrimmage for Syracuse as an Outland Trophy-contending nose tackle. The 23-year-old senior (No. 97) could have gone pro this year but wanted to play with his 6'5", 246-pound little bro, Chandler, a sophomore defensive end who, at age 19, reminds Orange fans of Dwight Freeney. And then there's 22-year-old Jon -- a.k.a. Bones -- who deals with middle-child syndrome by unleashing his fury in the UFC. Undefeated through nine bouts, the 6'4", 205-pound light heavyweight is a legit contender. Luckily for foes, they face only one Jones at a time in the Octagon.To continue reading this list, you must be an ESPN Insider. And hopefully, a tennis and college hoops fan.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
ESPN TOP HEADLINES
- Pacers shake off Knicks to seize series in 6
- Oxbow wins Preakness; Orb finishes fourth
- Couture rescues Sharks in OT, cuts Kings' lead
- Johnson eases to record 4th All-Star victory