In today’s NCAA, it rarely moves the needle when a basketball player transfers, simply because of the shear volume of player movement from season to season. However, when a team’s best player (and returning leader in scoring) announces his plan to transfer after just one game of the regular season, that’s news.
I will be transferring from SMU after first semester. I want to thank all the fans/people that supported me during my time here.
— Jalen Jones (@JalenJones_21) November 9, 2013
Jalen Jones, a 6-foot-7 swingman from Dallas, announced his intent to transfer from the SMU basketball program on Saturday, just one day after the Mustangs toppled TCU in the 2013-2014 season opener. The reasoning for the announcement (timing or otherwise) hasn’t been made clear at this time, but whispers ranging from NBA aspirations to playing time concerns have circulated around the sudden move.
Last season, Jones averaged 14.0 points (on nearly 51% from the field) and 7.7 rebounds per game for Larry Brown and the Mustangs, but he didn’t appear in the team’s season opener on Friday evening. He is a rising junior this season, but since he did not take the court, I would presume that he would have 2 years of eligibility remaining at whatever he lands.
Stay tuned to this space for any update on his future whereabouts, but for now, there’s a pretty good Division 1 basketball player “on the market” for a new team.