Jalen Jones (born May 27, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Southern Methodist and Texas A&M.

High school career

Jones first attended Mansfield Timberview High School. In his junior season, he averaged 18.8 points and 9.8 rebounds and was selected first team all-district and first team all-region. In his senior season he transferred to Justin F. Kimball High School where he averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds and was named to the 2011 all-state tournament team.

College career

After graduating high school, Jones began his collegiate career at Southern Methodist University, where he averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He redshirted a year and transferred to Texas A&M. [4] As a junior, he was named to the second-team All-SEC and teamed with Danuel House to lead the Aggies to the NIT. Jones was named to the coaches' first-team All-SEC as a senior, and the Aggies reached the NCAA Tournament. [5] He averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game during his final season at Texas A&M. [6]

Professional career

Maine Red Claws (2016–2017)

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Jones joined the Toronto Raptors for the 2016 NBA Summer League. In five games for the Raptors, he averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game. On September 26, 2016, he signed with the Boston Celtics. [7] However, he was later waived by the Celtics on October 20 after appearing in two preseason games. [8] On October 31, he was acquired by the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Celtics. [9]

New Orleans Pelicans (2017–2018)

Jones was signed to a two-way contract by the Pelicans on August 2, 2017. [10] That means for the majority of this season, Jones would split their professional times between the New Orleans squad and a G-League affiliate that's going to be best designated to them by the league before the season begins, which turned out to be the Greensboro Swarm.

On January 8, 2018, Jones was waived by the Pelicans. [11]

Dallas Mavericks (2018–present)

He signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks on January 11, 2018. [12] Throughout the rest of the year, he'd now split his playing time between the Mavericks and their G League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

Personal life

Jones is the son of Reginald and Yolanda Jones. He majored in university studies leadership.