Oklahoma State is in the mix to add an immediately eligible big man to its roster for the upcoming season.
According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Idaho State center Kelvin Jones is considering OSU as his final college destination along with Oregon State, Washington State, Virginia Tech, Florida, Wake Forest, Boise State and Missouri State. Goodman also reports he’ll take visits this weekend and next to Virginia Tech and to Oregon State.
Idaho State 6-11 grad transfer Kelvin Jones (9.9 ppg, 5.6) told @Stadium he is looking at Washington State, Oregon State, Virginia Tech, Florida, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Boise State, and Missouri State. Will take some visits in June.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 28, 2019
Jones is listed as a 6-foot-11, 230-pound center whose hometown is Chihuahua, Mexico.
As a recruit …
Jones has been just about everywhere. As a high school recruit out of Hobbs, New Mexico in 2016, he was a no-star, no-offer prospect. He committed to play at UTEP and enrolled in the spring of 2016.
As a player …
Jones spent just one season at UTEP before transferring down to the junior college level. From there, he spent his one season in the junior college ranks at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas. He then leapt up to the Division I level after his season at Odessa to play at Idaho State, where he spent last season starting at center.
At UTEP, Jones was little more than an out-of-rotation player who saw spot duty in Conference USA. Same deal at Odessa College. But he became a legitimately productive center at Idaho State, which is a massive reason why so many programs are in the hunt to land him.
• UTEP: 3.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 51.7 FG%, 12.7 minutes per game, 32 games played (two starts)
• Odessa College: 2.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.72 blocks, 13.1 minutes per game, 18 games played (11 starts)
• Idaho State: 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 20.0 minutes per game, 29 games played (28 starts)
Although Jones has made three collegiate stops and had no more than a cup of coffee at each, he’s apparently managed to find a way to finish off his degree, as it’s believed he’ll be eligible immediately in 2019. OSU has two scholarships to offer for next season and with a need for an experienced big man, Jones may find Stillwater as a rich man’s Odessa with huge appeal given immediate playing time for the taking.