Privateer Men’s Basketball signs Mason Jones for 2023-24

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Mason Jones

NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans men’s basketball Head Coach Mark Slessinger announced on Wednesday the signing of 6-4 guard Mason Jones, a Rice University transfer, for the 2023-24 season.

“We are excited to welcome Mason to the Privateer family. He is a talented student-athlete who comes from great programs in Bogan, Link Year and Rice. He has been able to grow and develop a skill level to be able to play multiple positions,” said Slessinger.

“Mason had a great connection with our team and staff from the beginning. We can’t wait to welcome him to the Lakefront.”

Jones, a Chicago native, played 24 games throughout his freshman season at Rice. The Owls won 19 games last season (the most since 2016-17) and made it to the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Jones scored a season-high eight points in 12 minutes against Final Four participant Florida Atlantic on March 2. He also scored six points against Duquesne in the first round of the CBI on March 19.

“I was very impressed with the family atmosphere between the players and coaches,” Jones said.

“Coach Slessinger has created a winning culture that I look forward to being a part of. The coaching staff took the time to get to know me as a person and a player, and I truly believe they can assist me in becoming the best student-athlete I can be.”

Prior to joining the Owls, Jones averaged 16 points, 5.5 steals, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game at Link Year Prep alongside current Privateer Omarion Henry. There, Jones ranked ninth in the country.

A graduate of Bogan High School in Chicago, Illinois, Jones played an instrumental role in leading the Bengals to the Class 3A state championship game his senior year. He averaged 14 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds over his career at Bogan.


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