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Merrimack commits NIU transfer Tavon Jones

The Merrimack men’s basketball team received a huge transfer commitment on Friday in 6-foot-3 New Jersey guard Tavon Jones, who will head to the Warriors as a junior after one season at Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference.

Jones was a star in high school at Linden in N.J., where he was teammates with current Merrimack guards Mikey Watkins and Khalief Crawford. As a senior in 2018, Jones appeared in 28 games and averaged 25.8 points per game with 8.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

In January 2020, NJ.com named Jones one of the top-30 players in the state over the last decade. That list also included Kyrie Irving, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 and Karl-Anthony Towns, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015. DeAmbre Bembry, who was a first-round pick of the Atlanta Hawks and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was the No. 2 pick by Charlotte in 2012, were also on the same list as Jones.

After high school he played two seasons at Odessa Junior College in Texas. As a sophomore he appeared in 29 games and averaged 13.7 points in 25.0 minutes.

According to 24/7 Sports, when Jones committed to NIU he was also being recruited and had offers from UMass, St. Bonaventure, Buffalo and Hofstra.

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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