Second chances in life are rare and former Rutgers basketball player Jaden Jones has thankfully received one. After surprisingly staying in the 2022 NBA Draft, foregoing multiple years of college eligibility, Jones went undrafted and unsigned.
He served as a cautionary tale in getting bad advice and making an unfortunate decision. However, news broke on Tuesday that Jones was getting a professional opportunity overseas almost a year and a half since leaving Rutgers.
This is same team that Former first round picks Killian Hayes, Bruno Caboclo played for. Also Spain national team PG Juan Nunez is currently on the roster as well
Jones 6’8… pic.twitter.com/AoKj9J4omp
— Tobias Bass (@tobias_bass) August 15, 2023
Jones arrived at Rutgers midway through the 2020-2021 season, using a redshirt to get acclimated to the college game. He then played in 17 games during the 2021-2022 season. Jones averaged 3.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. He then entered the NBA Draft following the end of that season and remained in it, ending his Rutgers career.
Despite spending such a short time with the program, Rutgers fans should root hard for the former 4-star recruit. After it seemed he would never get an opportunity to pursue his basketball dreams following his exit from Rutgers, Jones now has a good one. Ratiopharm Ulm are the defending champions in the Bundesliga League in Germany. Their senior roster includes former Purdue players Trevion Williams and Dakota Mathias, as well as LJ Figueroa from St. John’s. At 20 years old, Jones is still very much developing as a player and this opportunity should help him grow on and off the court. He will be part of their ProB team, below the senior level.
It doesn’t matter that his Rutgers career ended abruptly. What matters is Jones has a another chance to play the game he loves. This also means that hopefully his career won’t be defined by his NBA Draft decision. That’s something all Rutgers fans and college basketball fans should root for. Hopefully, Jones can make the most of it and extend his professional career for years to come.
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