Former University of Kentucky basketball player Terrence Jones, accused of stomping on a sleeping homeless man and arrested in his hometown of Portland, Ore., on July 31, has retained a high-profile lawyer to handle his case, The Oregonian reported Thursday.
Portland criminal defense attorney Janet Hoffman is scheduled to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Jones' behalf Friday morning for a trial readiness hearing, the paper reported.
Jones, who plays for the NBA's Houston Rockets, has received approval to not appear in court, The Oregonian said.
Jones, 21, pleaded not guilty to one allegation of harassment, a misdemeanor, last month.
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Jones played two seasons at Kentucky, helping the Wildcats to the Final Four in 2011 and the national championship in 2012.
The Rockets selected Jones with the 18th pick of the 2012 draft. He played sparingly in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 points in 19 games.