September 3, 2008

Golden Eagle basketball team adds Lincoln forward Alfred Jones

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team has added a second junior college transfer from Lincoln College in Illinois with the signing of 6-foot-7 forward Alfred Jones. Golden Eagle coach Mike Sutton made the announcement this week that Jones has enrolled at Tech and will play for the Golden Eagles beginning this season.

Jones joins former Lincoln College teammate Darnell Lindsay, who signed with Tech in April. He is the 10th addition to the Tech roster in 2008-09.

"Alfred will be a tough match-up," said Sutton. "He's an outstanding rebounder and he has a good understanding of the game."

Jones played one season at Lincoln under coach B.J. McCullum, where he saw action in 15 games for the Lynx. He averaged 6.8 rebounds per game while scoring 11 points per contest.

"Alfred was a raw talent for us," McCullum said. "He was an extremely hard worker and was the leading rebounder on the team as a freshman. That's saying a lot for a freshman to lead us in rebounds, because we had several returning players from a team that led the conference in rebounds."

After playing basketball when he was in sixth grade, Jones left the sport for several years and didn't return until he was a sophomore in high school. Playing his final three years at Lanphier High School in Indianapolis, Jones went to Lincoln to continue playing basketball while beginning his work toward a degree.

"We know he can shoot the ball and pull down rebounds," Sutton said. "He'll be an even better player as he continues to develop his skills and get stronger. He has a great passion for the sport, and has shown the desire to work hard at improving."

Jones is the son of Alfred Jones, Sr. of Memphis, Tenn. and Detha Garrison of Springfield, Ill.