MBB: Jones Selected in NBA G League Draft

Oct. 21, 2017

**UPDATE** -- After this story was posted, the Memphis Hustle traded Jalen Jones to the Canton Charge. He is scheduled to report to the Charge's training camp on Tuesday. The Canton Charge are an affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers and has made three playoff semifinal appearances since moving to Canton (from Albuquerque) in 2012.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former UT Arlington guard Jalen Jones was selected by the Memphis Hustle in the third round of today's 2017 NBA G League Draft.

Jones, a native of Cedar Hill, played two seasons at UTA after spending two seasons at McClennan Community College. He started 66 of his 68 appearances at UTA and averaged 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Last season, he started the first 32 games of the season before suffering a hand injury in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championships and missed the team's final four games, including its run to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

He is one of three players from last year's Mavericks' side that is playing professionally. Forward Jorge Bilbao is playing for Legia Warsaw in Poland, while forward Faith Pope is playing for Basquet Gandia in Spain.

Memphis also selected Maksym Pustozvonov from Ukraine (1st round), Cordarius Johnson from Louisiana Tech (4th round) and Kyle Randall from Central Michigan.

No trades were permitted during the four-round draft and only players signed to an NBA G League Standard Player Contract were eligible to be selected. Teams are required to make at least three selections during the draft and once a team declines to make a pick, it may not make another selection for the remainder of the draft.



In August, the NBA G League granted the Memphis Grizzlies the right to own and operate the Hustle, an expansion team that will begin play this season. With the purchase, the Grizzlies became the 19th NBA team to own and operate a NBA G League affiliate and expanded the league to a total of 23 teams.

The Hustle will play its 24 home games at the 8,400-seat Landers Center, located 20 miles south of Memphis in Southaven, Miss. The Landers Center is also home to the Southern Professional Hockey League's Mississippi RiverKings and hosts concerts, comedians and other events.

Full season and single game tickets to attend UTA men and women's basketball events are on sale through the UTA Box Office in person or by calling (817) 272-8585 and online through UTATickets.com.  Season tickets are available for as low as $99 for all 30 men and women's games, which comes out to $3.30 per game.  Single game tickets are priced at $8, $12 and $25 per game, depending on seat location.  UTA students and faculty staff tickets are available for just $5 for a single game or at a reduced rate for season tickets.  Discount Maverick Club (season) and general public (single game) parking is also available.  Visit UTATickets.com for detailed information.

Basketball and Barbeque will the theme of the night at the UTA basketball program's annual tipoff dinner hosted by the Maverick Club on Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in College Park Center.  Visit with players, coaches, and staff from the men's and women's basketball teams, participate in a Q & A session with the players and coaches, pick-up or purchase season tickets and get autographs from your favorite Mavericks.  Spring Creek Barbeque (a loyal Maverick Club member) will provide dinner.  General public tickets are $20 and may be purchased by clicking here. Maverick Club members should contact Danielle Sanders at danielle.sanders@uta.edu or call 817-272-0694 to claim complementary tickets and to RSVP.

For up-to-date news, photos, videos and updates you can follow UTA sports program online at UTAMavs.com or via any of several social media accounts on twitter @UTAMavs, Instagram @UTAMavs, Snapchat @UTAMavs and Facebook at UTArlingtonAthletics. Follow the UTA basketball programs on Twitter at @UTA_MBB and @LadyMavHoops.


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