By Johnny Dimes.
6’7” 205-pound SG/SF Tevian Jones of the University of Illinois has announced he is transferring from the Big Ten basketball powerhouse, and LMU is among the schools he is considering. Other schools include Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, Hawaii, Pacific, Portland State and UCSB. After a redshirt year, Jones would have two years of eligibility left.
A former four-star prospect, Jones began his high school career at Chandler (Ariz.) but played his senior year at nearby Culver City High School. 247Sports had him ranked as the 118th rated prospect in the class of 2018. ESPN gave him four stars.
From these three short high school videos, you can see why he was so highly regarded. He is long, smooth, athletic, and can drive or pull up for an excellent jumper:
Here’s a quick interview as he began his freshman year:
Jones entered Illinois as a much-heralded recruit, but was suspended twice, once for violation of team rules during his freshman year and once for violation of team academic policies at the beginning of his sophomore year. A foolish way to spend your time when you’re on a talented team and you can get buried. Although he was frequently in the dog house, Jones was able to peek out to have a huge game on January 26, 2019, when he posted a career-high 18 points on 6 of 12 shots, including 4 of 9 3 pointers in an upset win over #13 Maryland. He also contributed 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Here are the game highlights of the Illinois victory (Jones is #5 in orange):
To summarize, Tevian Jones is a gifted athlete who shows great promise. He’s had some slip ups but a lot of us have. Coach Johnson is well known to be a coach who cares about his players as human beings and relishes developing them into excellent basketball players and fine young men. Jones will likely benefit from a second chance and an opportunity to learn from his mistakes. He could do a lot worse than to come play for Coach Johnson and become an LMU Lion. Here’s hoping we see him in a Lion uniform soon!