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North Texas transfer guard Rubin Jones commits to Michigan

Anthony Broomeby:Anthony Broome04/19/24


Michigan HC Dusty May says the program will be fun to watch again

The Michigan Wolverines added the second new member of head coach Dusty May‘s program on Friday with the commitment of former North Texas shooting guard Rubin Jones out of the transfer portal. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Jones spent four years with the Mean Green and is coming off a career season, averaging 12.1 points per game with 3.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 39.6% from the floor and 41.6% on the year. He is a career 36.6% three-point shooter but shot 40.6% during his freshman year.

Jones started all 23 games he played in this past season – missing 11 contests with an injury – and made 59 starts in 111 games with North Texas.

Jones was also a Conference USA All-Defensive Team member in 2023 after playing in all 35 games and making five starts. He averaged 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per night. The 2021-22 season saw him make 30 of 31 starts for the Mean Green, averaging 8.2 points per game. He played in 22 games during his true freshman year in 2020-21, making the C-USA All-Freshman Team and averaged 6.2 points per game.

The 93 wins racked up on his watch make him the winningest player in program history, which is a pedigree Michigan hopes he brings with him.

“He knows what’s going on at all times,” North Texas head coach Ross Hodge said on March 3. “He’s to the point now, where he’s always relied on his athleticism, and he’s always had a really good feel, and that was like his superpower growing up, but now he has the ability to beat you with his mind, too.”

Jones, who was a three-star prospect coming out of Yates High School in Houston, Texas, is now the seventh scholarship member of the Michigan basketball program along with Nimari Burnett and Jace Howard, who have the options to return for a fifth-season, redshirt junior Will Tschetter, sophomore guard George Washington III, along with freshmen guards Durral Brooks and Justin Pippen.

There is still plenty of work to do in building out the roster, and May has been true to his word on casting a wide net to put the best possible roster together in year one at Michigan.

“We’re going to cast a big net, then we’ll narrow it down,” May said at his introductory press conference. “We’ll be very, very patient because we’re not going to take the wrong guys just because we have several spots. We’re going to be very thorough but understand that we need to be right we need to do our research in advance and make sure we make very calculated decisions, because there are a lot of options and they’re not all great options.”

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