Dezi Jones, Tymu Chenery enter transfer portal


Peyton McKenzie

Junior forward Tymu Chenery was named to the All-MAAC Rookie for the 2020-21 season.

Ethan Hurwitz, Sports Editor

Quinnipiac junior guard Dezi Jones and junior forward Tymu Chenery both officially entered the transfer portal Tuesday, just one day after graduate student guard Matt Balanc announced his return for a fifth season.

After transferring from Moberly Area Community College, Jones spent two seasons in Hamden as the team’s primary point guard. The 2022-23 All-MAAC Second Teamer averaged a team-high 12.5 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game this past season. The Hannibal, Missouri, native scored double-digit points in 23 games this season.

Jones struggled with turnovers during his junior campaign, including four in the Bobcats’ MAAC Quarterfinal loss to Marist on March 9. However, his ability to consistently score was one of the strongest parts of a Bobcats team that won 20 games this season.

“I work on it every day,” Jones said on March 7 of his three-point shooting. “I’ve always been good at shooting threes … even if I miss it, next shot, stay confident.”

Guard Dezi Jones was named to the All-MAAC Second Team for the 2022-23 season. (Connor Lawless)

Chenery fell out of the starting lineup this past season, but still was one of Quinnipiac’s better defenders. Despite being listed as both a guard and forward, Chenery played primarily on the perimeter on each side of the floor and was named to the 2021 All-MAAC Rookie Team.

“I am truly thankful for the love and support I have received at Quinnipiac for the last three years of my life,” Chenery wrote on Twitter. “From the amazing staff and professors to my coaches and teammates, you will all be greatly missed.”

Jones will have one year and Chenery will have two years of eligibility remaining and will both likely look to join a team with holes in its starting lineup. Within the MAAC, Jones is the seventh guard to enter the transfer portal and 13th player overall. Chenery becomes the fifth forward in the conference to submit his name into the portal.

The guards on the Bobcats’ roster will now consist of Balanc, juniors Nicholas Margetson and Luis Kortright and sophomore Quinn Guth. A graduate season is still an option for redshirt senior Savion Lewis, though a decision on his future has not been announced as of publication.