Michigan hoops lands commitment from Coastal Carolina transfer, reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year
It didn’t take long for Juwan Howard to locate Mike Smith’s replacement.
Michigan received a commitment from Coastal Carolina transfer guard DeVante’ Jones on Saturday, a do-it-all player who had an outstanding season during the 2020-21 campaign. He had also been considered Memphis, Texas and Texas Tech.
Jones averaged 19.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game last season at Coastal Carolina. For his performance on the floor, Jones was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection and was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year.
Though he didn’t get much attention as a high school recruit, Jones had plenty of interested suitors after entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal. He should fit in well at Michigan, replacing players like Smith and Isaiah Livers, who have decided to move on from the program.
Last season, Michigan was the B1G regular season champion and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines reached the Elite Eight even without Livers’ presence on the court.
Jones is also currently testing the NBA Draft waters, but his recent announcement seems to be an indication that he plans to spend at least one more season at the college level.