SEATTLE, Wash. — The off-season following the 2016-17 season has seen a number of programs leave their mark on the transfer market.
The first programs that come to mind are power conference programs. Both the Kansas Jayhawks and the Arizona State Sun Devils have picked up key additions that will help their respective programs in the 2018-19 season.
Then, there’s the Nevada Wolfpack, who are big players in terms of transfers year in and year out. Eric Musselman has done a tremendous job making Nevada a desirable place to play for both incoming recruits and transfer players from across the country.
However, there’s one team in particular who has added a slew of talented players this off-season, but don’t have the national attention to match.
Jim Hayford and the Seattle University Redhawks have bolstered their roster through transfers, both for the upcoming season and the 2018-19 campaign. On Saturday afternoon, they landed their fifth commitment from a transfer player, landing former American Univ. Eagles‘ guard Delante Jones.
Jones took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to announce he had signed with the Redhawks.
Over his two years at American, Jones was as consistent as they come. His stat lines from both seasons were eerily similar. Take a look:
’15-16 (FR): 12.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.7 spg; 42.6% FG, 36.8% 3PT
’16-17 (SO): 11.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.7 spg; 40.6% FG, 33.9% 3PT
He was a key piece of the rotation for the Eagles last season, and was just one of four players to appear in all 30 games in 2016-17. Jones has averaged at least 31 minutes per contest over his two seasons in the NCAA, showcasing his durability and ability to log big minutes.
At 6’5”, Jones will bring size to the back court for the Redhawks in 2018-19. He will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Jones is the fifth player to commit to the Redhawks this off-season. Graduate transfers Richaud Gittens, Jordan Hill, and Josh Hearlihy are all eligible immediately for next season, while Dashawn McDowell will join Jones in the mix for the 2018-19 campaign.
Quietly, Jim Hayford has built himself quite the roster that will look to contend in the WAC over the next couple of seasons.
– T. Bennett