2020-21 Season

Michigan formally announces DeVante’ Jones addition

Michigan formally announced Coastal Carolina transfer DeVante’ Jones as an addition to the 2021-22 roster this afternoon.

Jones recently announced that he withdrew from the NBA Draft after performing well at the G-League Elite Camp. The Wolverines also officially announced that Jaron Faulds will use his extra year of eligibility and be a part of the 2021-22 team.

Here’s the full University release:

University of Michigan David and Meredith Kaplan head men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard announced Thursday (July 8) the addition of Coastal Carolina’s DeVante’ Jones as a graduate transfer.

Jones has been admitted to the university to pursue a master’s degree in social work, and will have immediate eligibility. Howard also announced Wolverine forward Jaron Faulds joins fellow senior Eli Brooks in taking advantage of the NCAA’s allowed year of eligibility due to COVID-19.

“First of all, I am very excited to get to Ann Arbor,” said Jones. “It felt like it took forever, but being here just a few days was worth the wait. Now that everything is in order, I finally get to get back on the court, compete and get better with my new brothers.”

After graduating with a degree in communications in 2021, Jones will use a graduate year to transfer to Michigan. The 2021 Sun Belt Player of the Year and two-time All-Sun Best selection (first, 2021; second, 2020), started 78 of his 81 career games with Coastal Carolina, while scoring 1,381 points (17.0 ppg), grabbing 460 rebounds (5.7 rpg) and dishing 341 assists (4.2 apg).

More on DeVante Jones:

As a senior, Jones averaged 19.3 points — second most in Sun Belt — and posted his second straight season with 500+ points. Overall, he had 23 double-figure scoring games, including a career-best 35 against Alice Lloyd (Dec. 18, 2020) while twice grabbing a career-best 14 rebounds — against Georgia State (Jan. 1, 2021) and at South Alabama (Feb. 5, 2021). Jones had five 10+ rebound games to account for five of his 12 career double-doubles. With 73 steals (2.8 spg), he ranked fourth nationally and led the Sun Belt.

As a junior, Jones averaged 17.4 points per game while he dished 183 assists (5.7 apg), the sixth most in a single season at Coastal Carolina. Highlighted by 20 games of five assists or more, he tallied a career-best 10, twice — Greensboro (Dec. 4) and N.C. Central (Dec. 14). After redshirting his freshman season, Jones was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in his first full playing season as he averaged 14.6 points with 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

On May 1, Jones announced he would enter the transfer portal (choosing Michigan) as well as exploring the NBA Draft. In addition to NBA team workouts and interviews, he participated in the NBA G League’s Elite Camp on June 19-21 in Chicago. He withdrew from the draft on Monday (July 5).

After transferring from Columbia during the 2018-19 season, Faulds has played in 15 games for the Wolverines after sitting out a season. He helped the Wolverines to two straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, the 2021 Elite Eight as well as helping the Maize and Blue to its 15th Big Ten title in 2021.

With the additions of Jones and Faulds, the Wolverines have 17 players on their roster.


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  1. BigBoutros

    Michigan really burying the lede here

    Jones has been admitted to the university to pursue a master’s degree in social work, and will have immediate eligibility. Howard also announced Wolverine forward Jaron Faulds joins fellow senior Eli Brooks in taking advantage of the NCAA’s allowed year of eligibility due to COVID-19.

  2. silverblue

    Did anyone else notice that in the very last paragraph, the press release referenced “Smith” rather than “Jones.” I’d say that’s a bit of a gaffe on the part of a big time athletic department’s communications team. Hopefully someone catches it soon, before the Jones team notices it, and before too many folks read this press release!

  3. colin

    Prob just a low key shout out to their fave Silver Jews song

  4. silverblue

    “Smith and Jones Forever.”

    I had never heard of Silver Jews so I looked them up. Their song “Smith and Jones Forever” attempts to answer the question, “Are you honest when no one’s lookin’?” and looks to compare the ideal of the Smiths and the Jones’ with the reality of life.

    This is not MY fave band and I wonder if anyone in the Athletic Department at Michigan’s communications department would list this as their favorite song. Perhaps. David Berman, it seems had a pretty strained relationship with the “press.” From the sound of the crowd at the conclusion of this song it seems David Berman and the band DID have a loyal and somewhat boisterous following but they are not considered one of the great, or even really good or popular bands of the '90’s. Like everything else, though, folks like what they like and, to each his/her own. In this case “fave” is in the ear of the listener, so give it a listen. “Smith and Jones Forever” by the Silver Jews:


  5. colin

    This post warms my soul

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