Contract details released for Maryland basketball assistant Mike Jones

Maryland officially announced the hire of Mike Jones as its newest assistant coach last Wednesday.

Jones joins the program on a one-year deal worth $550,000 with an additional $70,000 in incentives, according to a Maryland Public Information Acts request.

Jones fills Tony Skinn’s vacancy on head coach Kevin Willard’s staff as the longtime DeMatha head coach returns home. Jones leaves Virginia Tech after two seasons under head coach Mike Young, just weeks after Maryland football saw former assistant and DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks head to Virginia Tech. Jones will also rejoin his former point guard, Jahmir Young, in College Park as Willard provides a renewed boost for Maryland’s local recruiting efforts. Meanwhile, Willard will need to fill a second vacancy on his staff following Grant Billmeier’s hire as the new head coach at NJIT.

“Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, while having so many connections in the area that will help us in recruiting,” said Willard. “His success at DeMatha as well as USA Basketball shows his ability to teach and develop young players. He is an outstanding mentor and connects with players in ways that positively impacts them on and off the court.”

Via release:

While leading DeMatha, Jones won nine Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season titles, eight WCAC Tournament crowns and four Maryland Private School Tournament championships. Additionally, since he started as a head coach at DeMatha, Jones coached six athletes who went on to play in the NBA.

In addition to his experience of developing players at the prep level, Jones has extensive ties to USA Basketball. After serving in three coaching roles with USA Basketball alone in 2019, Jones was named a co-recipient of the 2019 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award. He led the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Brazil, was a lead coach at the 2019 USA Men’s Junior National Team July minicamp and was a court coach at the 2019 USA Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp.

Jones has also served as head coach of the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2018, and he served as the USA’s Hoop Summit assistant coach in 2012 and 2017. 

He got his start with USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 2004 Youth Development Festival East Team. He won three gold medals with USA Basketball men’s junior national teams, including the 2011 U16 team and 2012 and 2016 U17 teams. Prior to 2019, he was a coach at the annual USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp eight times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).

A standout player at Old Dominion University from 1991-92 through 1994-95, Jones was a member of the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team and earned CAA All-Tournament team honors in his senior season, in which he averaged 16.5 ppg. Jones led the Monarchs to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1995, and he capped his ODU career with 1,166 points.

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