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.