Wyking (WHY-king) Jones begins his first season as men's assistant basketball coach at the University of New Mexico. Jones, 36, spent the past two years as a travel team manager with Nike.
Prior to Nike, Jones worked five seasons (2002-06) at Pepperdine as an assistant to head coach Paul Westphal.
"We're very excited about Wyking joining the staff," said Lobos head coach Steve Alford. "He's been with the Nike Grassroots program the past couple of years, so his experience of being around a lot of student-athletes and making those ties should help us a lot in recruiting. Wyking gives us a good transition with Coach Walker because he played for Coach Walker at Loyola Marymount. Wyking has really good West Coast ties because he played high school and college basketball in California."
Before Pepperdine, Jones played professional basketball in Italy, France, Japan, Lebanon and South Korea.
"I'm extremely excited and honored to be a part of Steve Alford's staff and the Lobo basketball family," said Jones. "I have been very impressed - really blown away - with the fan support of New Mexico men's basketball for many years."
Jones was a four-year letterwinner for head coach John Olive at Loyola Marymount from 1992-95, totaling 1,076 points and 493 rebounds in his career. He earned all-West Coast Conference honors as a junior in 1993-94, averaging 19.7 points and 8 rebounds a game. Jones was also tabbed LMU's Student-Athlete of the Year following his junior season.
Jones' junior season was highlighted by a 39-point, 16-rebound, five-block effort against San Francisco. He tallied 20 or more points 12 times with eight double-doubles, including a career-high 17 rebounds against Oral Roberts. Jones was honorable mention all-WCC as a senior when he averaged 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds.
Jones earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount in 1995. He served as a Lions' assistant coach during the 1996-97 season.
Jones also has acting experience. He had movie parts in "The Wood," "Brown Sugar" and "The Benchwarmers," and has done some television commercials.
Jones, and his wife, Estrella, have a son, Jameel, and a daughter, Zoe.