The UTA Shorthorn has announced that 7 newcomers will fill out the roster for the UTA Mavericks this season. The UTA Mavericks are coached by Chris Ogden who is starting his third year as head coach at UTA.
One of the new varsity players this year will be 2019-20 redshirted freshmen Tre Jones, the 6’5″ forward sat out the season last year with a knee injury.
Before Jones came to UTA, he was a 4A all-state selection at Kennedale High School. The Arlington native averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2.6 steals per game in his senior year at Kennedale.
Jones was named Fort Worth Star-Telegram Defensive Player of the Year for 2018-19, setting career highs as a senior in points (34), blocks (10), and rebounds (22) and recorded a triple-double in a game. He entered his senior season ranked as the 41st-best player in the state by Texas Hoops
Jones told the Shorthorn that some of the strengths of his game include his defense, rebounding, and high basketball IQ. He said he wants to work on staying conditioned throughout the season and making smart plays on offense.
Six other players will be new to the UTA 16-man roster this year, all hoping to see playing time. Three of the seven players are walk-ons and all players have some college experience either at the junior college or university level.
Tre, who intends to major in information systems, has UTA connections. He is the son of Dr. Yvette Wingate and Ron Jones with one sibling, Jackson. His mom played volleyball and ran track at UTA. His father went to Texas State for track. His high school coach was UTA alumnus KHS Head Coach Doug Groff. Jones also played his AAU ball for Dallas Showtyme under coach ‘Big E’ Erven Davis.
UTA finished last year at 14-18 overall, ending the season with a 1st round loss at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament last year.
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