Northwestern freshman forward opts to leave basketball program
A Northwestern forward has decided to leave the basketball program after just one season in Evanston.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported on Tuesday that freshman forward Jared Jones has decided to enter his name in the NCAA transfer portal and does not plan to return to Northwestern. He is reportedly seeking more playing time in the future.
Jones, a native of Hiram, Georgia, averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game. The 6-foot-10 freshman played in 31 games for the Wildcats last season. Jones scored in double figures twice this past season, scoring 11 points on the road against Rutgers and dropping 12 against Michigan at home in back-to-back games.
Out of high school, Jones was a three-star center and was ranked as the No. 225 player in the 2019 recruiting class. He was recruited by several schools and would likely still generate plenty of interest in the transfer portal.
Jones would have three years of eligibility remaining, but would be required to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer rules.