LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne continued filling out its roster with the addition of combo guard Chris Jones for next season, the club announced on Tuesday. Jones (1.88 meters, 28 years old) debuted last season in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague with Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv, coming off the bench to put up 7.0 points, 2.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 17:30 minutes averaged over 34 games. He won the Israeli League crown with Maccabi at season's end after putting up 11.8 points per game in domestic play, which has been the norm in his career. Jones turned pro with Starwings Basel of the Swiss League, spent two seasons with Mons-Hainaut of France, and then played one for Bursaspor in Turkey before his year in Tel Aviv. Until last season, he never averaged fewer than 14.0 points in his domestic leagues. Prior to turning pro, Jones played university ball at North Texas and Angelo State.
"We are very happy that Chris made the choice to join us," ASVEL head coach T.J. Parker said. "We have been following him since last year. He is a leader and a floor general, with high-quality passing and a very strong pick-and-roll game. His average points during his season at Bursaspor (15.4) prove that he can score, too, when needed, and that makes him very complete in attack. On defense, he can defend both guard spots."