Myreon Jones, Penn State’s leading scorer in 2020-21, has indicated he is indeed leaving the program with an Instagram post. “Thank you Penn State, Midnight out” was posted to Jones’ account, indicating Jones (whose nickname is Midnight) will be leaving the Nittany Lions.
Jones has received contact from home state Alabama, as well as Virginia, Houston, Maryland, USC, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, St. John’s Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado, TCU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, and UCF among others.
This past season, Jones blossomed into the Lions' best offensive weapon. He led the team at 15.3 PPG and scored in double figures in all but two games and 10 straight to end the season. Jones was the team’s leading scorer in 13 games and shot 39.3% from the field, 39.5% from behind the arc (best on the team), and 77% from the FT line. He was tenth in the conference in scoring, third in made 3s (2.4 per game), and ninth in steals per game (1.3). He has twice been honorable mention on the All-B1G Men’s basketball team.
The 6’3” junior from Birmingham was the top prospect in the state of Alabama in 2018. He came to Penn State after de-committing from Memphis when Tubby Smith was fired.
Jones’ departure leaves a major scoring void for new head coach Micah Shrewsberry, who will have to work very hard to recruit more of last year's team to return in order to pick up the scoring slack.
Six Lions hoops players – John Harrar, Jamari Wheeler, Seth Lundy, Trent Buttrick, and Patrick Kelly – remain in the transfer portal. Izaiah Brockington has already announced his intention to return to the team.