Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assaulting a tourist in Queens, according to a police report obtained by Sports Illustrated.

Jamill Jones, 35, was arraigned in NY on third-degree assault charges, court records show.

According to police, Jones allegedly punched Sandor Szabo in the face following a confrontation in the early morning hours Sunday that began when Szabo knocked on Jones' vehicle window thinking it was his Uber ride. Szabo was on life support through Monday but died Tuesday.

The man exited a white SUV and punched Szabo, leaving him bleeding on the ground, police said.

The coach got out, followed Szabo to the sidewalk, clocked him and sped off, police said.

Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones was arraigned Thursday night on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance.

Detectives told ABC New York station WABC-TV that Szabo had just left a family wedding, possibly while intoxicated, and was walking around banging on cars until he then pounded on Jones' SUV. The coach's next court appearance is scheduled for October 2, the Queens District Attorney's office said.

Jones spent one season with the Knights and now is an assistant coach at Wake Forest.

According to Jones' biography page on the Wake Forest website, he coached college basketball at Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Virginia Commonwealth before coming to Wake Forest.

A spokesman said Wake Forest had no immediate comment on the 35-year-old Jones' arrest. "He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested". "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

"His attractive spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said.

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