With the departures of Wendell Green, Jr. and Zep Jasper, as well as the futures of Jaylin Williams and Allen Flanigan still up in the air, Bruce Pearl and his staff needed to make a splash in the transfer portal. They got one on Saturday when Denver Jones announced on his social media pages that he committed to play at Auburn next season.
The 6'4" guard from the Huntsville area spent time in junior college before heading to FIU for the last two seasons. As a freshman with the Panthers, Jones was a scorer off the bench, starting in seven of his 31 games that season, and finishing the year with 12.5 points per game while shooting 38.8% from the floor and 34.5% from beyond the arc.
During his second year, Jones flourished in the Panthers' offense as FIU's top scorer and the second-leading scorer in the Conference USA. The Panthers were unable to find much success in terms of wins, finishing the year 14-18, but Jones was dominant, scoring 20.1 points per game while shooting 47.8% from the field, a major improvement from year one, and hitting 37.1% of his 3-point attempts.
"My parents haven't been able to really come watch me play because I have been out of state," Jones said in an interview with Auburn Undercover. "I have been at prep school and then Memphis and the junior college in Kansas and then FIU in Miami. Just a few hours from home, I'm grateful and blessed to be in this position. My parents can come to every home game they want to."
Jones is the first transfer to commit to Auburn during the current cycle, and assuming Williams and Flanigan do return, Auburn will still have four scholarship spots remaining as the team heads into 2023, meaning Pearl and his staff are not done yet.
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