Chris Jones, one of UNT’s top point guards in recent years, has landed at Angelo State.
Jones has been rumored to be headed to ASU for a few weeks. He has now enrolled after picking a school where he felt comfortable and where he will have an opportunity to play his senior season this year.
“I have a connection with the coaches,” Jones said. “I have known them since high school. Chris Beard is the head coach and was at Texas Tech when I was in high school. He recruited Toddrick Gotcher, one of my teammates.”
Jones thanked his coaches and teammates for making his time at UNT enjoyable, despite some tough times. Jones missed half of his freshman year when he was academically ineligible and also missed half of his sophomore season with a foot injury.
Despite the time he missed, Jones ranks sixth in school history with 282 career assists and third in career steals with 127. He scored 648 career points in just 66 games. He ranked third among UNT players with an average of 7.5 points a game last season, when he led the team with 127 assists.
“I could have accomplished more if I was healthy and eligible for those two years,” Jones said. “What I did I couldn’t have done without my teammates.”
Despite those accomplishments, Jones felt like the time was right to leave UNT.
“I think it was good to go somewhere else and get a new start,” Jones said. “It was good for me and the team to try to find something new.”
Jones focused on finding a Division II school to transfer to so that he could play this season.
“I wanted to go play right away,” Jones said. “I had sat out enough and didn’t want to sit another year.”
Jones indicated late last year that he struggled to find a comfort zone at UNT after Johnny Jones left for LSU and Tony Benford took over as the Mean Green’s head coach.
“I didn’t have the freedom I had under coach Jones and wasn’t sure of my role a lot of the time,” Jones said. “I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do.”
UNT signed Texas A&M transfer J-Mychal Reese to play the point guard spot after the departure of Jones and the graduation of combo guard Alzee Williams, but is awaiting an NCAA ruling on a waiver that would make Reese eligible this year.
UNT also signed Tyler JC point guard Todd Eaglin.