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Teven Jones will transfer out of Virginia men’s basketball program

Mar 16, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard Teven Jones (5) dances as the Cavaliers celebrate their 72-63 victory over the Duke Blue Devils in the championship game of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer/Usa Today Sports)

Virginia point guard Teven Jones has decided to transfer to another school, men’s basketball Coach Tony Bennett announced Monday night.

Jones, a redshirt sophomore this past season, fell out of the rotation as the Cavaliers secured their first ACC regular season title in more than 30 years and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. He did not play in six of the team’s final 12 games and watched his playing time drop considerably this season as Bennett turned to other options in the back court.

“Teven informed me today that he is leaving the Virginia basketball program and will be looking for another school where he will have a better opportunity for playing time,” Bennett said in a school-issued statement. “Teven’s role on this team and attitude were a significant part of our success this year. I understand his desire to play more and we will support him moving forward.”

The 6-foot Kannapolis, N.C., native started nine games a year ago after enrolling early for the spring semester at Virginia in 2012 following a post-graduate semester at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., outside Charlottesville.

But the emergence of freshman point guard London Perrantes this season and the presence of redshirt freshman Devon Hall on the roster meant Jones would likely see little playing time next year as well.

Jones averaged 1.7 points in 59 career games with the Cavaliers.

“I want to thank all of the coaches and my teammates for giving me the opportunity to be part of a special program,” Jones said in a statement. “I would also like to thank the fans for their support over the past two seasons. This was the closest team that I’ve ever been a part of and it hurts to leave. But I’m looking forward to continuing my basketball career at a new school.”

With Jones gone, Virginia has two open scholarships for next year.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.
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