Former West Virginia University basketball standout Kevin Jones failed to be selected through the two rounds of Thursday night's NBA?draft.
Jones, who was one of the most productive players to ever don a Mountaineer uniform during his four seasons in Morgantown, now has the freedom to sign with any team he desires.
Jones will look to sign on with a squad as an undrafted free agent and possibly land on a team's summer league roster.
Jones was projected by most to be an early second-round pick. Mountaineer great Jerry West said last week that he saw Jones probably going in the second round, if not the first.
Pro scouts criticized Jones' lack of athletism and quickness and that may have been the reason why 60 teams passed on the player, who West Virginia coach Bob Huggins praised continuously for his attitude and work ethic.
The 6-8 forward was 16th in the nation in scoring last season and was ranked among the nation's Top 10 in double-doubles.
Jones became just one of three players to ever lead the Big East Conference in scoring and rebounding in a season.
He averaged 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game this past season.
The Mount Vernon, N.Y., native ended his career at West Virginia with more than 1,800 points and 1,000 rebounds.
The only other Mountaineer player to put up such numbers is West.
After an 11-year drought in the draft, three Mountaineer players were drafted in the NBA?the last four seasons.
Joe Alexander was taken in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2008, while Devin Ebanks (Los Angeles Lakers) and De'Sean Butler (Miami Heat) were both taken in the second round in 2010.
Before that, Gordon Malone was a second round pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1997.