Arkansas guard Mason Jones declares for NBA draft

NCAA Men's Basketball

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)Arkansas guard Mason Jones has declared for the NBA draft.

Jones made the announcement on social media Friday, and the University of Arkansas confirmed the decision with a congratulatory statement.

Jones, a 6-foot-5 junior, was The Associated Press’ co-SEC Player of the Year. He averaged 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season.

”Mason had a phenomenal season,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said in the statement. ”It came through hours of hard work and dedication, as well as a desire to be the best player he could be.”

In the post, Jones thanked the fans and his family and close friends. He called playing in the NBA a ”lifelong dream.”

Jones shot 45.3% from the field overall and 35.1% from 3-point range.

”Our system gives players the freedom and opportunity to showcase their strengths, and Mason took full advantage of it to become one of the top players in college basketball this season,” Musselman said. ”We fully support Mason, and any player, pursuing his dream.”

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