Indiana State forward Jayson Kent commits to Texas

Joe Cookby:Joe Cook04/14/24


Rodney Terry and the Texas Longhorns made a significant addition to their roster via the transfer portal on Sunday. Indiana State forward Jayson Kent committed to Texas on his visit to Austin.

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Thanks to Kent’s efforts, the Sycamores won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and advanced to the finals of the MVC tournament. They were left out of the NCAA Tournament but advanced to the finals of the NIT where Indiana State lost to Seton Hall, 79-77.

Kent started 37 of ISU’s 38 games this season and averaged 13.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He shot 64 percent from the field, including a 37 percent mark from three-point land. He also was 84 percent at the line. He posted a career-high 35 points against SMU in the NIT, hitting on 11 of 12 field goals and 11 of 12 free throw opportunities.

In 2022-23, Kent played in 35 games for the Sycamores and started six. He averaged 14.7 minutes per game and 5.1 points per contest. He shot 47 percent from the field, 27 percent from three-point land, and 80 percent from the line.

Kent spent his first two years at Bradley, another Missouri Valley Conference school. He appeared in 51 games, starting 19, and averaged 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds during his time in Peoria, Ill.

Kent attended Oak Forest high school in Illinois prior to beginning his college career.

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He heads to Texas with one season of eligibility remaining.

Kent is ranked as the No. 170 prospect in the portal and as the No. 40 power forward, according to the On3 Industry Ranking. On3 ranks Kent as the No. 123 prospect in the portal and the No. 28 power forward.

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