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CHARLOTTESVILLE— Virginia men’s head basketball coach Tony Bennett announced on Tuesday (April 6) that junior guard Jeff Jones (Chester, Pa.) is leaving the Cavaliers’ program.

“Jeff informed me on Sunday that he would be transferring,” Bennett said. “Although I’m surprised, I’m not shocked and wish Jeff well in the future. Every player is entitled to do what he thinks is best for his future. Jeff obviously believes that is not UVa., and if a player feels that way it will not benefit him or the team.”

The 6-4 Jones played in all 31 games, starting seven, for the Cavaliers during the 2009-10 season. He averaged 7.3 points and 1.3 rebounds a game. Jones shot 42.8 percent (71-166) from the field, including 43.5 percent (40-92) from three-point range, and 78.9 percent (45-57) from the free throw line.

During his three years in the Virginia program, Jones played in 90 games, starting 41. He averaged 6.2 points and 1.6 rebounds a game.

Jones will finish the semester at Virginia.

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