The departure of Mike Smith left a hole at the point guard position, even with standout recruit Frankie Collins and rising sophomore Zeb Jackson set to take some minutes next season. Juwan Howard went back to the transfer well and reeled in DeVante’ Jones to help bridge the same gap that Smith did following Zavier Simpson’s exit last season.
Upon announcing his transfer, Jones made it known that he would still continue to explore his NBA options, as many players do around this time of year. While he has not been mocked as any sort of high pick, the grad transfer does have his sights on the NBA. An invite to the G League Elite Camp was a no-brainer for a player with his aspirations.
By most accounts, Jones had a decent showing over the event last weekend:
We’re going to see a lot of DeVante’ Jones’ (@3DevanteJ) floater next season at Michigan if he withdraws from the draft. Was deadly at Coastal Carolina, and it appears he can get it off against high-level competition as well pic.twitter.com/s99qhxe3dh— Clayton Sayfie (@CSayf23) June 20, 2021
However, most analysts expect Jones to return to school. He is very unlikely to get a first-round grade, and a year under Howard — and potentially a significant NCAA Tournament run — will not hurt his stock. While it is a dangerous game trying to decipher tweets, it sounds like Jones is headed to Ann Arbor this fall:
wasn’t the performance i wanted today but I’m just blessed to experience this elite camp and I’m praying my next move is my best! thank you @nbagleague for the opportunity— DJ (@3DevanteJ) June 21, 2021
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