Hogs will sign JUCO player today

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Mason Jones
Mason Jones

The spring signing period for college basketball starts today, and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is expected to sign junior-college wingman Mason Jones.

Jones, 6-5, 202 pounds, of Connors State College in Oklahoma orally committed to the Hogs on Saturday over a scholarship offer from the University of Central Arkansas and interest from BYU and Washington.

He’s somewhat a newcomer to basketball after playing only his senior year at Triple A Academy in Dallas and attending Lincoln Prep a year before junior college.

“I’m definitely ready to prove people wrong,” said Jones, who has three years of eligibility left. “I know I can be a great teammate and also be a great player at the same time … people just don’t know what type of player they’re getting. They will see soon.”

Jones averaged 15.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season as a freshman. He shot 42.9 percent from beyond the three-point line, 51.5 percent from the field and 77.4 percent from the free-throw line.

“My role will be to come in and bring my scoring and my all-around game,” said Jones, who plans to ink with the Razorbacks at 2 p.m. today. “I can do so much.”

He was recruited by Coach Mike Anderson and assistant TJ Cleveland. Anderson said at the end-of-season basketball banquet at Walton Arena on Monday night that the Hogs plan to sign another prospect during the spring signing period.


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