Tevian Jones transferring

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Illinois sophomore follows classmate Alan Griffin in leaving the program

WCIA — For the second straight day, an Illinois basketball player is leaving the program. Tevian Jones announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will not return to Champaign and is transferring. The news was first reported by Brendan Quinn from The Athletic. The sophomore follows his classmate Alan Griffin, who announced on Tuesday that he was also leaving the program.

“I’ve chosen to continue my basketball career on another path, I will not be returning to Illinois,” Jones wrote on his Instagram and Twitter. “I appreciate everything you guys, the Univ. and Coaches have done for me. Wish the guys nothing but success moving forward. Gonna miss y’all. All Love.”

Jones played in just 13 games as a sophomore, averaging less than one point per game and 5.2 minutes per game. The Arizona native missed the first eight games of the season after getting suspended in late October for a violation of the team’s academic policy.

The sophomore was also suspended for eight games last season for a violation of team rules. He ended up averaging 3.5 points in 24 games as a freshman, including a career high 18 point performance against No. 13 Maryland at Madison Square Garden. The former 4-star prospect was a big get for head coach Brad Underwood in the Class of 2018 that also included Ayo Dosunmu, Griffin, Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Andres Feliz, Anthony Higgs and Samba Kane.

Jones’ departure leaves one open scholarship for the Illini next season. If Ayo Dosunmu declares for the NBA Draft and turns pro, there will be two open spots for 2020-21.

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