Leading scorer Jalen Jones announces he's leaving SMU

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Jalen Jones, who led SMU in scoring last season, announced over the weekend via Twitter that he will transfer from the program.

One report indicated Jones' decision to leave came after disputes about playing time.

Jones, a 6-7 forward, averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds in 32 minutes per game last season for the 15-17 Mustangs.

This is a pretty shocking decision by Jones, who would've certainly helped SMU this season in a huge way and given the team a legitimate chance at making the NCAA tournament. But Larry Brown -- who's already voiced some problems with college hoops this year -- will now have a tougher time, you'd think, reaching the Big Dance without Jones' services. I suppose it's not too late for Jones and Brown to try and fix this, but at this juncture it looks like the divorce is imminent.

Wherever Jones ends up, he'll have two years of eligibility remaining. SMU won its opener Friday night, beating TCU 69-61. The Mustangs' next game is today, when they'll host Rhode Island.

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