FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Oct. 7, 2013)
UMBC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Aki Thomas has tabbed senior Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and sophomore Malik Garner (Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy) as Retriever co-captains for the 2013-14 season.
Jones will be earning his third letter after transferring to UMBC from Wallace (Ala.) State. The 6’0”, 185-lb. guard walked onto the program in the fall of 2011 and competed in 24 games, earning 11 starts, in his first season. In 2012-13, Jones suffered an ankle injury while competing versus Eastern (Pa.) University on Nov. 12 and did not dress for the next eight contests.
Jones earned his first start of the season on Jan. 9 and started the final 16 games of the campaign. The point guard committed zero turnovers or just one miscue in seven of the final 11 games of the regular season. He ranked tenth in America East Conference games in assists per outing (2.7).
Through 43 career contests for the Retrievers, Jones averages 3.4 points and 1.9 assists per outing. He earned a scholarship for his senior season at UMBC.
“Q is very mature beyond his years and is consistent on and off of the court,” said Thomas. “ He is a true leader by example and a good teammate. As a coach, it is a luxury to have a player with these qualities at the point guard position.”
Garner competed in all 31 contests and was honored as the team’s Unsung Hero after his freshman campaign in 2012-13. He averaged 2.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes played per contest. The versatile 6’6”, 220-lb. competed at both the wing and post positions during his initial season.
Garner excelled in the America East Tournament, amassing 52 minutes of playing time and hauling down a team-best seven rebounds in the 69-62 quarterfinal upset of Hartford.
“Malik’s attention to detail, commitment, and character are his best attributes. He works extremely hard in the classroom and on the court, making him a perfect fit for this role on our team,” said Thomas.