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Alumnus Jones signs new contract for fourth pro season

By Slan Sports Management

TORONTO - Ryerson Rams men's basketball alumnus Jahmal Jones has signed a one-year contract with BC Prievidza to compete in the Slovak Basketball League for the 2018-19 season.

Jones, a 6-0 point guard, averaged 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists for Debreceni Egyetem in Hungary’s A Division this past season. He also shot an efficient 57.5% from two-point range and swiped 0.8 steals per contest.

A Mississauga, Ontario native, Jones attended Mississauga Secondary School prior to starting his collegiate career at Ryerson University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), now called U SPORTS. 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 started his professional career in 2015 with 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 Euroasket.com All-Czech Republic National Basketball League Honourable Mention.

In 2016-2017, Jones joined Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev in Estonia before moving to Debreceni Egyetem in Hungary. In nine games in league play with Tallinna, he averaged 12.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.8 rebounds. Tallinna also competed in FIBA Europe Cup, where, over three games, Jones averaged 7.0 points, 7.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. After joining Debreceni Egyetem, Jones averaged 17.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals during their championship run in Hungary’s B League, earning a promotion to Hungary’s top league. 

Jones has also represented 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.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to play in Prievidza,” said Jones. “I am looking forward to new challenges and a successful season with the team.”

Prievidza finished the 2017-18 regular season in third place with a 25-11 record.

“We are thrilled that we agreed to a cooperation with such a great person and player, like Jahmal Jones,” said Prievidza General Manager, Marko Batina. “He will be our leader on the court, and a really important part of our goals for the upcoming season. We look forward to seeing him in our jersey and on our court.”

For more information and individual box scores for Jahmal throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/jahmal-jones.

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