Jamill Jones, an assistant coach for the Wake Forest basketball team, has been charged with assault following a deadly attack on a Florida tourist who was visiting New York City. Baton Rouge native Sabor Szabo was in town for a wedding when he mistakenly identified Jones’ vehicle for his Uber as he was leaving a hotel his brother was staying in. After knocking on the window of Jones’ vehicle, Jones exited and allegedly punched Szabo in the head.
Szabo fell to the ground and cracked his head off the pavement. He later died from the injuries in the hospital, while Jones sped away in his white SUV.
Jones, a native of Kernerville, North Carolina, surrendered to authorities at the New York Police Department’s 114th Precinct stationhouse on Thursday morning along with his lawyer, according to reports. Jones remains in police custody at the Queens station and is awaiting arraignment.
Jones was hired by the Wake Forest men’s basketball program in May 2017. He had previously served as an assistant coach at UCF, VCU, and Florida Gulf Coast. Every team Jones was an assistant for won at least 22 games and appeared in either the NCAA Tournament, NIT, or CIT.
“Jamill brings new blood to our staff and some new perspectives,” said head coach Danny Manning at the time of Jones’ hiring. “I’ve gotten to know him over the last few years on the recruiting trail and he worked for one of my good friends in Joe Dooley. He is a well-respected bright mind in our profession. We are extremely excited and pleased to have him involved with our program and help us continue to push forward.”
Now, we will have to see how the legal issues will impact Jones’ status with the Demon Deacons.