Power forward Brodricks Jones announced Thursday that he will be transferring from UTEP to Wyoming. Jones will have to sit out a year but will be eligible to return for the 2017-18 season with three years of eligibility left.
Coming out of high school, Jones was a national top-100 recruit according to Rivals.com. Jones initially signed with Mountain West power San Diego State, but chose on UTEP later in the process. Jones averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds during his senior year Lawndale while taking his team to the CIF Division II State Tournament.
Jones did not make a huge stamp for UTEP his first year as a reserve, averaging 1.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks per game. His season was hindered midway as he tore his meniscus on November 22 in a game against Alcorn State.
The talented big man will bring an athleticism and size Wyoming could desperately use. The Cowboys relied more on their guard play than any other team in the Mountain West Conference a year ago, and could use a big body in the rotation alongside forward Alan Herndon.