When we last heard from former SMU basketball player Jalen Jones, he was set to transfer from the Mustangs just hours after the team’s season-opening win. Now, it appears that Jones has found another collegiate destination for next season.
Texas A&M has landed SMU transfer Jalen Jones, source told ESPN. Will be a solid piece for the Aggies. Enrolls next semester.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 1, 2014
Jones was easily the best player for SMU last season as a sophomore, averaging 14 points and nearly 8 rebounds per game, and his departure was pretty surprising at the time. Some felt that he could jump to the NBA instead of actually transferring, but with a soft landing spot in College Station, this transfer makes some sense.
Multiple outlets (including CBS Sports) are reporting that A&M will attempt to file a waiver that will help Jones play immediately (especially because he’ll miss this entire season), but even if he can’t, he’ll have 2 years of eligibility remaining. The Aggies are off to an 8-4 this season, but in fairness to their current roster, Jones will be one of their best players (if not the best) from the moment he sets foot on campus, and this is a huge get for Billy Kennedy and company.