Former University of Texas assistant basketball coach Jalie Mitchell has signed her first player with North Texas.
The new Mean Green coach announced that former Longhorn forward Nekia Jones will follow her to Denton. The popular Longhorn who doubled as a member of the UT track and field team left Texas last week.
The Texas transfer will sit out the 2015-16 season in accordance with NCAA regulations.
“Nekia is an incredible addition to this team,” Mitchell said. “Her play-making ability automatically takes us to another level and she can be a problem for opponents at a couple different positions. Whether it’s scoring or setting up a teammate, she will bring a lot of energy and excitement to the Super Pit.”
The Beaumont native just completed her sophomore season with the Longhorns and has averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11 minutes per game in her two-year career. Jones is a versatile player who shot 51.6-percent from the field, including 41.8-percent from beyond the arc. She scored in double-figures in eight of her 43 games played and recorded a career-high 10 rebounds vs. UTSA on November 15, 2014.
Jones, though, was hampered with injuries kept her out of 16 games this season. A knee injury at Kansas State on Feb. 4 forced her to miss the team’s final 13 games.
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