Michigan basketball adds transfer from Coastal Carolina
Monday, May 3, 2021

(ANN ARBOR) – Coastal Carolina transfer DeVante' Jones, the Sun Belt Player of the Year and one of the best available point guards in the portal, committed to Michigan on Saturday. Jones chose the Wolverines from a final list that also included Texas Tech, Texas and Memphis. Speaking to the media, Jones says he has a great relationship with Juwan Howard, who was understanding in this whole thought process. The 6 foot 1 Jones was one of the best players in the Sun Belt Conference the past three seasons and one of the most productive mid-major players in the country. He averaged 19.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals last season, while shooting 36.8% from 3-point range. As a sophomore, Jones earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors; he was Freshman of the Year in 2018-19. With Jones in the fold, Howard now has a point guard to replace Mike Smith, who spent one season with the Wolverines after transferring from Columbia. Michigan loses several key pieces from its Big Ten title-winning group that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Wolverines bring in the top-ranked recruiting class in the country. Five-star forwards Caleb Houston and Moussa Diabate could push for starting roles immediately, while senior starter Eli Brooks has announced he is returning for his extra year of eligibility. Star freshman Hunter Dickinson could also return to Michigan.