Mike White continued his run in the transfer portal when Myreon Jones, a Penn State junior guard, announced his commitment to play for the Gators next season.
Jones, who stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall, averaged 15.3 points per game on 39.4% from the field and 39.5% from three-point range. Jones also totaled 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
In Jones’ final two seasons with the Nittany Lions, 291 of his 590 shots came from long range. His 39.5% three-pointer ranked only behind Tre Mann and Noah Locke for Florida this past season, neither of whom return to the orange and blue.
Digging into advanced metrics, Penn State used Jones on more possessions and shots than anyone else on the roster a season ago. He played nearly 75% of minutes last year, also a team-high, and his 111.2 offensive rating via KenPom ranked second for Penn State. Only Locke and Colin Castleton recorded a higher rating for Florida.
Outside of sharpshooting, Jones’ two strengths on the stat sheet revolve around turnovers. His turnover rate of 9.3% ranked 42nd in the country in 2020-21, which Florida sorely needs. The lowest turnover rate on the Gators was Locke’s 13.1%, the only Florida player under 18.5%, so the extra ball security won’t go amiss.
While he may not give the ball up himself, Jones forces turnovers on the other end of the floor. He boasted a steal rate of 2.4%, the second-highest of any Nittany Lion.
Florida had few issues swiping the ball on defense. Tyree Appleby and Scottie Lewis both earned steal rates north of 3%, and Mann averaged 1.4 steals per game on top of that. However, both Mann and Lewis won’t be in Gainesville come the 2021-22 season so Jones will replenish the well.
Jones joins Brandon McKissic from Missouri-Kansas City and CJ Felder from Boston College as new faces for the Florida men’s basketball team.