Jamail Jones granted release from Marquette

Per the Marquette athletics Twitter account, sophomore forward Jamail Jones has been granted his release from Marquette. He will transfer at the end of the semester after two seasons with the Golden Eagles.

“We are thankful for Jamail’s investment of time, energy, and his character during his time with us,” Williams told GoMarquette.com. “Everyone in our program will miss him greatly and wish him the absolute best as he pursues his academic and basketball career. We will all be cheering for his success.”

Jones arrived at Marquette as a highly-touted wing from Atlanta, and played his senior year of high school at Montverde Academy in Florida.

The 6-foot-6 forward was ranked by Rivals as the 10th best small forward, and 52nd best overall player in the 2010 class. ESPN.com ranked Jones as the 53rd best player in the class.

Jones chose Marquette over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Oregon.

Pegged as a pure shooter out of high school, Jones shot just 9-for-40 from beyond the arc in his two seasons.

Jones never played more than 20 minutes in a game, and did not see the court in 24 of 72 games, all of which he was healthy.

Jones averaged 8.5 minutes last year, averaging 1.6 points on 35.1 percent shooting and 1.4 rebounds.

His freshman season, he averaged 5.8 minutes, 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds.

It is unknown where Jones will transfer.

With Jones’ transfer, Marquette now has two open scholarships for the 2012-2013 season.

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