Wolverines add key participant in switch PG Jones


Coastal Carolina switch DeVante’ Jones, the Solar Belt Participant of the Yr and probably the greatest obtainable level guards within the portal, dedicated to Michigan on Saturday.

Jones selected the Wolverines from a closing record that additionally included Texas Tech, Texas and Memphis.

“I had an awesome relationship with coach [Juwan] Howard,” Jones instructed ESPN. “He was simply understanding in my entire thought course of, and throughout the Zoom name, he instructed me how I’d match on the crew and confirmed me their fashion of play. The Michigan fan base confirmed numerous love, and the Michigan gamers had been exhibiting love as nicely.”

The 6-foot-1 Jones was probably the greatest gamers within the Solar Belt Convention the previous three seasons and some of the productive mid-major gamers within the nation. He averaged 19.3 factors, 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a pair of.8 steals final season, whereas taking pictures 36.8% from 3-point vary. As a sophomore, Jones earned second-team All-Solar Belt honors; he was Freshman of the Yr in 2018-19.

With Jones within the fold, Howard now has some extent guard to exchange Mike Smith, who spent one season with the Wolverines after transferring from Columbia. Michigan loses a number of key items from its Large Ten title-winning group that earned a No. 1 seed within the NCAA event, however the Wolverines deliver within the top-ranked recruiting class within the nation.

5-star forwards Caleb Houstan (No. 6 within the ESPN 100) and Moussa Diabate (No. 11) might push for beginning roles instantly, whereas senior starter Eli Brooks has introduced he’s returning for his further 12 months of eligibility. Star freshman Hunter Dickinson might additionally return to Michigan.

The Wolverines had been No. 11 in ESPN’s most up-to-date Way-Too-Early Top 25 however might transfer into the highest 10 after Jones’ dedication.

“Simply being that chief,” Jones stated about his potential affect in Ann Arbor. “We have a proficient group of men. We are able to make one another higher in apply on daily basis.”

Jones is No. 22 in ESPN’s transfer rankings.