Nekia Jones, a former forward for the Texas women’s basketball team, will transfer to North Texas, the school announced Monday.
“It’s official #meangreen[.] UNT here I come!!!” Jones tweeted Sunday night.
“Nekia is an incredible addition to this team,” UNT head coach Jalie Mitchell said via the school’s website. “Her playmaking ability automatically takes us to another level and she can be a problem for opponents at a couple different positions. Whether it’s scoring or setting up a teammate, she will bring a lot of energy and excitement to the Super Pit.”
The University of Texas announced Jones would be leaving the program last week.
Jones will be teaming up with former Texas assistant Jalie Mitchell in Denton. Mitchell, who was a four-year letter winner at North Texas from 1998-2002 and is one of two players to have their jersey number retired, was named the Mean Green’s new head coach earlier this month after three years as an assistant for the Longhorns under Karen Aston.
Coincidentally, Aston arrived at Texas after a head coaching stint at UNT, where Mitchell was an assistant for one year before following Aston to Texas.
In her two seasons with the Longhorns, Jones averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, and shot 41.8 percent from 3-point range in 43 career games. This past season Jones missed the last 14 games of the season due to injury.
“Fans will love Nekia’s personality, kind heart and character,” Mitchell said. “The knowledge she gained in the last two years, along with her competitive nature and grit, will bring an element to this team that we need to compete for conference championships. She has the full package and I’m very happy that she chose to continue her career wearing Mean Green.”
Per NCAA transfer rules, Jones will sit out the 2015-16 season.