May 1, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Terence Jones, a 6-2, 185-pound senior from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, has signed to continue his basketball career at UAB, head coach Jerod Haase announced.
Jones, who is set to graduate this spring from Texas A&M CC with a degree in communication, will apply for a graduate transfer waiver from the NCAA in order to become immediately eligible for his final season of college eligibility at UAB. He will be pursuing a master's degree at UAB in health education.
"Terence is a great kid who has already played at a high level for three years," Haase said. "He will come here as a graduate student and as a fourth-year player, he will provide us with leadership and experience. He can score in a variety of ways and has the ability to get others involved. He is great addition to our program."
Jones, a native of Baltimore, Md., played in 93 games with 73 starts in three seasons on the court for the Islanders. He redshirted as a freshman (2008-09) and became an integral part of the Islanders' rotation every season after that. During his career, Jones averaged 9.4 points a game and shot 34.2 percent from beyond the arc (148-of-431).
This past season, Jones averaged a team-best 13.7 points a game on his way to honorable mention All-Southland Conference honors. He played in all 30 contests last season, making 29 starts, and averaged 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He led the team in three-point field goal percentage (36.0) and buried 68 threes on the year, the third-highest total in program history.
Against Texas State this past season, Jones went for a career-high 33 points en route to the 74-68 victory. He went for 20 or more points on six occasions during the 2011-12 campaign.
"UAB was the perfect situation," Jones said to the Baltimore Sun earlier in the week. "Everybody's happy -- my mom, my stepdad, my family. They're happy and excited that I'm graduating. That's big for my family, and that's big for me, graduating and getting that degree. For them, knowing that I'm going to get my master's, that's even better. It's my life-long dream to play professional basketball. I'm happy to go to a bigger stage and get my master's."
Jones also received interest from DePaul, Penn State, Tennessee Tech, Tulsa and Virginia Tech, among other schools. He joins junior college forward Rod Rucker of Northwest Florida State College, who signed earlier this week.