We will highlight them by class, starting with the seniors and ending with the brand new freshmen Catamounts.
#8 Jalen Jones
HOMETOWN McDonough, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL Union Grove HS
2019 (Freshman): Played in 50 games with 44 appearances in the starting lineup including 33 starts at shortstop, eight at second base, two at third base and once as the designated hitter … Batted .289 with 43 base hits including 11 for extra bases with nine doubles and two triples … Recorded 10 multiple-hit games including three, three-hit outings with four multiple-RBI games … Enjoyed hitting streaks of both six and seven games … Drew 12 walks with three HBPS to add to his .352 on-base percentage … Made his collegiate debut with a start at second base against Oakland (Feb. 15), driving in his first collegiate run on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, scoring his first run in the fourth before tallying his first career base hit on an eighth-inning double to left field to plate his second run … Tripled in his second collegiate game, lacing a game-tying, two-RBI pinch-hit triple off the fence in center field against Oakland (Feb. 16) … Doubled twice in a 3-for-4, two RBI performance against Indiana State (Feb. 27) … Matched a career-high with three hits in a road win at UNC Asheville (March 6) and again against Elon (March 16).
Prior to Western Carolina: Played infield and pitched as a prep at Union Grove HS ... Hit .300 as a senior after batting .324 as a junior on the varsity squad ... Credited with 24 RBIs and 42 runs scored over his final two years as a prep ...Was named to the 2016 Main Event Showcase Top Prospect List.
Personal: Full name is Jalen Anthony Jones ... Is the son of Charisse and Erroll Jones ... Youngest of four children - Erica, Eric, and Mona ... His mother cheered at Albany State.
Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations