Rubin Jones is a massive commitment for Michigan basketball

Michigan basketball landed a second commitment on Friday and it's a big one in former North Texas standout Rubin Jones.
Nov 19, 2023; Charleston, SC, USA; Towson Tigers forward Tomiwa Sulaiman (1) defends against North
Nov 19, 2023; Charleston, SC, USA; Towson Tigers forward Tomiwa Sulaiman (1) defends against North / David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

When it rains it pours. At least it does for Michigan basketball when it comes to commitments as the Wolverines got their second on Friday evening.

First, new Michigan basketball head coach Dusty May landed Justin Pippen. The son of the former NBA legend Scottie Pippen, Justin is a one of the fastest-rising prospects in the entire 2024 class and is ranked 101 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Pippen is a combo guard who can play either guard spot. He can defend, shoot the three, and create shots. Those are all things Rubin Jones can do too.

Breaking down a transfer commitment for Michigan basketball

Jones, a 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from North Texas, is the second new Michigan basketball player of the day as he announced his commitment shortly after Pippen.

Jones is an All-Conference defensive player. He's also a 6-foot-5 combo guard/wing who could play the 1, 2, or 3 for the Wolverines. Last season, he also doubled his scoring average and scored 12.1 points per game in addition to 3.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. Oh, by the way, Jones also shot 41 percent from 3-point range and averaged 1.6 3-point makes per outing.

Jones is a lefty and he was very effective last season in ball-screen situations. He's got a nice move to the left baseline, but most of his shots are at the rim or the 3-point line. Add in the defense and it's exactly what Michigan basketball needed.

This isn't a move that will make headlines across college basketball. Jones wasn't even ranked in the top 100 among transfer portal players. But this dude is a winner. He's been part of a conference champion, an NIT champion, and an NCAA tournament team.


Jones just wins and Michigan basketball needs winners, especially if they can defend, handle, create, and shoot the 3-ball the way Jones can.