Michigan guard DeVante’ Jones, a transfer from Coastal Carolina, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.

“Thank you to all the NBA teams who gave me positive feedback and also to those who gave me constructive criticism all was needed,” Jones wrote Monday in a Twitter post. “With that being said I’ll be withdrawing from the draft and heading to Ann Arbor to finish the mission.”

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SPARTANBURG, SC – DECEMBER 15: Devante’ Jones (3) guard of Coastal Carolina during a college basketball game between the Costal Carolina Chanticleer and the Wofford Terriers on December 15, 2020, at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jones was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year last season. He averaged 20 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and three steals as a junior. Jones, who is from New Orleans, was the 2019 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and was an all-conference player as a sophomore.

Michigan freshman center Hunter Dickinson entered the NBA draft, but the Big Ten Freshman of the Year left open the option of staying for his sophomore season.

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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 12: Hunter Dickinson #1 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with teammates Franz Wagner #21 and Isaiah Livers #2 after a three pint shot during the second half of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Crisler Arena on January 12, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Wisconsin 77-54. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The team is losing sophomore Franz Wagner, along with Isaiah Livers, Mike Smith, Chaundee Brown and Austin Davis from this season’s team. Eli Brooks is coming back, taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility the NCAA is allowing due to the pandemic.

The Wolverines, led by AP coach of the year Juwan Howard, fell one game short of the Final Four, suffering a two-point loss to UCLA.

 

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