The 20-year-old made 35 appearances, scoring 12 goals and providing 15 assists over two seasons for the Bisons.
He entered college after being named the 2022 Tennessee Soccer Player of the Year. In total, during his college years, he has scored 12 goals and tallied 15 assists in 35 appearances for Lipscomb.
Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Jones was adopted alongside his seven siblings from an orphanage at a young age and moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 2013, where he grew up.
Jones marks the fourth player to be picked in the top 10 by the Club and the first since the 2017 SuperDraft.
The ‘Boys in Blue’ have selected Forwards Jack Harrison, Khiry Shelton and Jonathan Lewis with the first, second and third overall picks, respectively, In previous drafts, with all of them making appearances for the First Team throughout their time in New York.
@NYCFC drafted Sierra Leone-born Malachi Jones.— Alie Bittar (@bittar32) December 22, 2023
Forward Malachi Jones was selected with the eighth overall pick in the First Round from Lipscomb University.
The 20-year-old made 35 appearances, scoring 12 goals and providing 15 assists over two seasons for the Bisons. pic.twitter.com/lfkeUpEnWt