Woodbury’s Michael Jones’ declare to college basketball fame earlier than this season was coming near matching Steph Curry’s single-game three-point document at Davidson.
Then the 6-foot-5 guard transferred to Stanford, turning into this system’s first-ever graduate switch and first switch in 13 years.
Jones hasn’t completed including to his resume, although. He is attempting to assist lead the Cardinal to its first NCAA match since 2014.
“It is one thing actually cool to be a part of historical past,” Jones stated. “They pitched that to me within the recruiting course of, and it is one thing I am very happy with. Expectations for me coming in is to make an affect and be a part of an awesome group.”
Jones, who bounced again from a season-ending damage as a freshman in 2018-19 at Davidson, averaged 11.8 factors, shot 42.1% from three-point vary and 84.3% from the free-throw line final season.
His career-high 29 factors vs. Richmond on Jan. 14 included a game-winning three-pointer with three seconds left. He went 8-for-9 from past the arc, one shy of Curry’s college document in a recreation.
Curry principally put Davidson on the college basketball map throughout his breakout efficiency within the NCAA match in 2008. Greater than a decade later, Jones was on a Wildcats group that went 27-7, probably the most victories in a season since a sure Golden State Warriors legend was in college.
After being a part of an Atlantic 10 regular-season title run, Jones noticed his four-year profession with Davidson finish in bittersweet vogue with a 74-73 loss towards Michigan State within the NCAA first spherical.
“It was nonetheless probably the most enjoyable yr of basketball I’ve ever had enjoying,” Jones stated. “Each four-year class at Davidson who stayed there 4 years made the NCAA match since 1994. It was good for us to maintain that streak going.”
After getting into the switch portal within the spring, Jones heard from a number of excessive main packages, together with the Gophers. His finalists had been Stanford, Alabama and Northwestern.
The educational piece at Stanford was an apparent promoting level. He is pursuing a grasp’s diploma in statistics, however he is additionally now the one Cardinal to play within the NCAA match.
“With Michael, we have now someone who’s a little bit bit extra skilled, a little bit older, and the truth is there is a distinction,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase stated. “Not solely is he an awesome participant, however he has that have as properly.”
There’s additionally some historical past with Minnesotans enjoying for Stanford in recent times with former DeLaSalle stars Tyrell Terry (2019-20) and Reid Travis (2014-18).
“Minnesota’s such a basketball hotbed,” Jones stated. “So many nice gamers from there, particularly within the final 5, 10 years. It is nice to be a part of a listing of Minnesota college gamers within the Pac-12 and different Energy 5 colleges.”
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