Western Michigan men’s basketball already was bracing for the loss of senior star Thomas Wilder.
This week, the Broncos were hit with another departure — this one more stunning, as sophomore swingman Reggie Jones announced on Twitter that he is transferring after two seasons in Kalamazoo.
“I’m transferring to continue to pursue my dreams and aspirations,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “I will always be grateful for the opportunities here I was given at Western Michigan University.”
Jones played in all 64 games during his two seasons at Western, including 20 starts. He averaged 9.4 points as a freshman and 10.1 this past season, which was good for third on the team.
In two years, he averaged 2.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds.
Western Michigan also is saying goodbye to senior center Drake LaMont (6.9 points, 3.9 rebounds).
Jones, 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds from Marion, Ind., came to Western Michigan as the No. 10-ranked recruit from the state of Indiana. As a senior, he led Marion to a Class 3A state championship with an epic second-half performance that saw him score 19 of his 25 points, including making all 10 of his free throws.
It’s not clear where he plans to transfer.
Western Michigan, the preseason favorite to win the Mid-American Conference West Division and a regular in preseason mid-major Top-25 polls, struggled to a 17-15 record this season, and declined an invitation to a second-tier postseason tournament.
Next year’s team returns swingman Josh Davis from Detroit Henry Ford (10.7 points), guard Bryce Moore (9.6 points) and sophomore forward Brandon Johnson (9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds).