Catching Up With Velton Jones

Written by Craig Meyer on .

By the time he played his final game for Robert Morris last March, Velton Jones had solidified his status as one of the most statistically-decorated players in program history.

In his four years on the court with the Colonials, Jones scored 1,588 points, had 551 assists and played 3,686 minutes, all of which rank near the top in the program's record books.

About four months after graduating, Jones is back in his native Philadelphia and has made some trips back to Robert Morris to work out. Though NBA teams like the Bobcats expressed an interest in Jones, in the form of exploratory phone calls to coach Andy Toole, Jones said he never received any calls or invitations to work out from NBA teams.

Right now, he and his agent are in the process of trying to land him a professional contract abroad.

Below is a quick transcript of a conversation Jones had with the Post-Gazette Friday.

What's your professional basketball status right now? "I'm in the process now, just kind of waiting."

Are you in contact with teams over in Europe? "Yea, my agent is."

What are some of the landing spots you're down to? "The last time I talked to [my agent], it was Greece, Hungary and Ukraine."

Do you feel like you're getting close to a deal? "I'm not even sure, to be honest with you."

What's the daily routine like for someone whose basketball future is in limbo? Working out a lot? "Yeah, that's really all I've been doing. Just working out."

Does waiting ever get disheartening? How much of the process is about staying confident and positive? "I'm just trying to stay in shape. That's the main thing."

Say we're talking in three months. Where do you see yourself? "Playing somewhere."

What are some of your ultimate career goals? "Just to keep playing professionally, really. To progress each year."


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