Utah’s Rylan Jones Transfers to Utah State
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah basketball guard Rylan Jones has committed to play up in Logan and will join the Utah State program, he announced on Monday.
The Holladay, Utah native just finished his sophomore season and was a bright spot for the Utes during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He will be a sophomore again with college eligibility being frozen last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jones announced his decision to join the Aggies via Twitter on Monday.
“Utah, I am extremely grateful for my 2 years at the University of Utah,” Jones tweeted. “Coaches, teammates, fans, memories and moments that I will never forget. With that being said I have decided to commit to Coach Odom and Utah State University.”
Jones is the latest on a long list of transfers out of the Utah basketball program. The program will look to find some consistency with new coach Craig Smith after former coach Larry Krystkowiak was fired.
Last season, Jones started 28 games for the Utes averaging 4.4 points per game. The super sophomore is known for being an elite passer and will bring a lot to the Aggies under new coach Ryan Odom.
Jones grew up around the program in Logan after his dad Chris spent time on the coaching staff at Utah State for eight seasons. Chris was recently the Director of Basketball Operations for Utah under Larry Krystkowiak for the last five seasons. After Krystkowiak was fired, Craig Smith decided to not retain Jones, which led Rylan to enter the transfer portal.
Jones is the seventh player to have left the program since the departure of Krystkowiak and land with another school. He joins Timmy Allen (Texas), Alfonso Plummer (Illinois), Jordan Kellier (Siena), Ian Martinez (Maryland), Mikael Jantunen (going pro) and Pelle Larsson (Arizona).