Domonic Jones scored 1,616 points for VCU from 2000-04. He was named CAA Player of the Year in 2004.

This winter is probably going to feel different to Domonic Jones. For the first time in a long time, he won’t be playing organized basketball. The former VCU star retired from professional hoops in the spring. Will he miss it?

“I wasn’t at that moment and not right now,” said the 31-year-old Jones, the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. “That’s not to say that won’t change once basketball season rolls around.”

Jones hasn’t had much trouble filling the basketball void. He’s had a number of other life-shifting events to tend to. On May 19, Jones married the former Amanda Cunningham after a nearly three-year courtship. The couple met through mutual friends a few years ago and managed to grow closer, even as Jones was spending half of his time in Europe.

This spring, Jones decided it was time to move onto the next chapter of his life. No more long distance relationship, no more correspondence from thousands of miles away. He wanted to be home. Home in Richmond. Home with Amanda. After nine professional seasons, mostly in Germany, he called it quits.

“I tried to do what was best for us at the end of the day,” Jones said. “It’s not easy trying to make a relationship work halfway across the world. It’s definitely good to be home,” he said. “I get to spend a lot more time with friends and family.”

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