Following a stellar four-year playing career at Kent State, Jalen Avery enters his first season as a graduate assistant on ETSU's coaching staff.
During his four-year playing career, Avery totaled 899 points, 326 assists and 241 rebounds in 127 games played (89 starts). Avery, who started the last 81 games with the Golden Flashes, led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio both during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. As a senior, Avery dished out 101 assists to only 20 turnovers in 1,056 minutes, while he registered 121 assists to just 24 turnovers in 1,142 minutes as a junior. Overall, Avery had 72 games in his career where he did not have one turnover.
Avery, a two-year captain, led Kent State to a pair of postseason tournament berths, including the 2017 NCAA Tournament after the Golden Flashes won the MAC Championship by defeating top-seed Akron, 70-65. The 6-foot, point-guard, scored a career-high 24 points in the 116-106 opening round win over Central Michigan, marking the most points by a team in MAC Tournament history.