COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men's basketball program announced Thursday the signing of Jamal Jones, one of the country’s top junior college players, to a National Letter of Intent.
“Jamal Jones is a long, athletic and versatile player that can play multiple positions,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “He has shown the ability to score at a high level from the 3-point line and off the dribble. We welcome Jamal to the Aggie family and are excited about the contributions he will make to Aggie Basketball.”
Jones played the 2012-13 season at Lee College, located in Baytown, Texas, where he helped lead the Rebels to the NJCAA Region 14 Championship and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.
“Jamal had a huge impact on our program this year and more importantly historically,” Lee College head coach Roy Champagne said. “We had never made it to the National Tournament in the history of our program. I don’t think you get there with great coaching, I think you get there with great players and Jamal is obviously a great player.”
The 6-foot-8 guard, who is ranked as one of the country’s top five junior college recruits by many recruiting services, averaged 18 points, 5.3 rebounds and two assists per game last season, while shooting just under 40 percent from the field and almost 35 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Rising to the occasion during the NJCAA National Tournament, Jones posted a near double-double as the Rebels opened the tournament with a victory over Hagerstown Community College. Jones finished with 25 points and eight rebounds against HCC before notching a game-high 29 points the next day during a second-round loss to Vincennes University.
“The one thing everybody always says about Jamal is that he is so long,” Champagne added. “He is a 6-foot-8 two-guard that shoot over people as well as get to the basket and finish. He’s extremely long and in the game of basketball that goes a long way.”
Jones signed with Ole Miss out of high school, playing five games for the Rebels during the 2011-12 campaign before moving on to Lee College.
A native of Searcy, Ark., Jones was rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 67 small forward in the country by ESPN.com after an outstanding prep career at Searcy High School. Playing for head coach Jimmy Summers, Jones was a three-time all-conference pick in addition to garnering second-team All-State accolades by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a senior when he averaged 23 points, six rebounds and three blocks per game.