TORONTO, July 14, 2017 — Ryerson Rams alumnus Jahmal Jones (2010-15) has re-signed with Debreceni Egyetem (DEAC), with the team moving up to the Hungarian A Division after a championship season in the B Division.
The signing was announced by Jones' agent, Matt Slan of Slan Sports Management.
Jones, a 6'0” point guard, started the 2016-2017 season with Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev in Estonia before moving to DEAC. In nine games in league play with Tallinna, Jones averaged 12.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.8 rebounds. Tallinna also competed in FIBA Europe Cup, where, over three games, he averaged 7.0 points, 7.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. After joining DEAC, Jones averaged 17.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals during their championship run.
A Mississauga, Ontario native, Jones attended Mississauga Secondary School prior to starting his collegiate career at Ryerson University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). In his first season with the Rams, Jones was selected as a First-Team Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference East Division All-Star and was named to both the OUA East and CIS All-Rookie teams. That season, he led all CIS rookies in scoring with 17.2 points per game and ranked fifth in the CIS with 56 total steals. Jones was one of the OUA Conference leaders in scoring and assists for the remainder of his collegiate career. In his final year at Ryerson, Jones ranked fifth in the country with 5.3 assists per game, was selected to the CIS All-Canadian Second Team, and led the Rams to a third place finish at the CIS Final 8 Tournament. During his time at Ryerson, Jones placed in the top 10 in the OUA or CIS 19 times in eight different statistical categories. After five productive seasons, Jones finished his collegiate career as Ryerson's second all-time leading scorer with 1,773 total points and is the university's all-time leader in both assists (452) and steals (194).
Jones had the opportunity to represent Canada on the Development Men's National Team at the World University Games in both 2011 and 2015. In 2015, he helped lead the team to the quarterfinals, where they lost to the eventual silver medal-winning German team.
After his college career, Jones joined Turi Svitavy of the Czech Republic NBL where he ranked third in the league in both assists and steals, while leading his club to the playoffs. He finished the season averaging 14.7 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. Jones was named a Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic NBL Honourable Mention.
DEAC finished this season with a 17-5 record en route to winning the B Division championship.
“It feels good to go back to Debrecen after the success the team had last season,” said Jones. “Hopefully we can continue to build on it.”
For more information and individual box scores for Jahmal throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/jahmal-jones.