West Virginia Adds Talented Australian Player

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team continues to add big-time talent and completely reshape their roster heading into the 2024-2025 season under new head coach Darian DeVries.

Moments ago, the Mountaineers added talented senior JAYDEN STONE, a 6’4 guard originally from Australia. Stone, who averaged 20.8 points (2nd in the Horizon League), 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game at Detroit Mercy last season, was considered to be one of the best available players remaining in the transfer portal. During the 2022-2023 season, Stone averaged 13.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 51.9% from three point range.

However, Detroit Mercy finished 1-31 last season and Stone was looking for a new opportunity to win big at, and West Viginia has pushed hard to land him.

New West Virginia general manager Nelson Hernandez referenced a “sniper” last night in a post on social media, which was clearly indicating that the Mountaineers have landed a talented shooter, and Stone certainly fits that mold.

According to Busting Brackets, “Stone was tied with David Coit for being the top individual scorer in the NCAA Basketball transfer portal. He averaged 36 mpg on a team that won just one total game this past season but Stone managed to put up some big games, including  34 points against Eastern Michigan and 36 points and 10 rebounds in triple-double versus RMU. On a better roster, Stone could be a legit addition to boost a team’s offense.”

In high school, he prepped at Central Park Christian High School in Alabama but then transferred to Sacred Heart High School in Alabama for his junior season and Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas for his senior year. Stone was considered of the top prospects in the state of Alabama, where he was named 2019 Alabama 2A Player of the Year and First Team All-State as a junior as he tallied 21.2 points and 10.2 rebounds, leading his team to a runner-up appearance in Class 2A.

Check out his transfer portal highlights below: