Tag: Jalen Jones


Report: Texas A&M gets a transfer eligible

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Texas A&M received a ruling on SMU transfer Jalen Jones on Tuesday and the athletic scoring wing will be eligible to play this season.

According to a report from ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman, Jones will have to sit out the first four games of the 2015-16 season due to playing in two closed scrimmages during his time at SMU.

Jones sat out last season and was a star on Texas A&M’s scout team, but now he’ll be relied on to score, as the 6-foot-7 swingman averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds in 32-plus minutes per game during the 2012-13 season with SMU.

It’s good news for Billy Kennedy’s ballclub to get a talented wing like Jones on the floor this season and he could be one of the team’s most important players.

Report: Texas A&M lands SMU transfer Jalen Jones

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Texas A&M has landed a commitment from SMU transfer Jalen Jones, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Jones averaged 14.0 points and 7.8 boards in 2012-2013, but made the decision to transfer out of SMU in November in what appeared to be a dispute over playing time.

Jones finished out the semester with the Mustangs and will enroll in College Station when the spring semester begins. He’ll have to do a year in residency — unless he gets a waiver — when means that he’ll be able to play during the second semester in 2014-2015.

SMU’s Jalen Jones announces he will transfer

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Eyebrows were raised during and after SMU’s season-opening win against TCU on Friday evening when Jalen Jones, SMU’s leading scorer and top offensive player from a year ago, did not dress for the game. There were no reports of Jones being hurt or suspended, so questions were naturally raised.

Jones’ announcement of his decision to transfer is an immediate blow for Larry Brown and the Mustangs; replacing his 14.0 ppg and 7.8 rpg, to go along with 32.4 mpg he logged last season won’t be an easy task.

Ironically enough, the concern of playing time is a probable reason Jones decided to transfer elsewhere.

Jones tweeted on Saturday afternoon:

Following the game, Adam Grosbard stated:

The fact that Larry Brown started Ryan Manuel against TCU may have suggested that Jones would be coming off of the bench if he was to dress for the game.

Four newcomers played major minutes against TCU. Nic Moore — a transfer point guard from Illinois State — freshman guard Keith Frazier, Junior College center Yanick Moreira, and Villanova transfer Markus Kennedy. There are many new faces in the rotation for SMU, and Jones ostensibly felt he was going to lose minutes.

Jones is a bit of a “tweener” in that he doesn’t have the perimeter shooting ability (19-63 from 3PT for his career) and skills needed for a small forward, and is not quite as long to play power forward. Plus, with the high-level talent that Brown is bringing to Dallas, Jones may feel it is in the best interest for the remainder of his college career to head elsewhere.

Despite that, Jones projected to play an integral role on this year’s SMU team and certainly would have helped them in their hopes of making it to the NCAA Tournament.

He’s a proven commodity, and you can bet college coaches around the country would love to scoop up Jones and retain his services. When he settles in at another school, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.