LSU basketball guard Jayln Patterson is going to reunite with Johnny Jones at Texas Southern according to a published report. As a graduate transfer, Patterson would be immediately eligible.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports tweeted the news on Tuesday morning.
LSU grad transfer Jayln Patterson has committed to Texas Southern, per a source. Immediately eligible.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 3, 2018
Patterson would be a definite candidate to offset the void left by the apparent departure of guard Trae Jefferson. The Tigers’ leading scorer announced on social media last month that his scholarship wasn’t being renewed.
Patterson played for Jones when he was the head coach at LSU. In the 2016-17 season, Patterson started 10 of the 31 games. He played both point guard and shooting guard. Patterson averaged 22.3 minutes per game, 5.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) December 18, 2016
Interestingly enough, he announced on July 12, 2017, that he would redshirt for the 2017-18 season to explore his future playing options. That announcement came nearly four months after Jones was released from coaching duties at LSU. Patterson opted not to play for new coach Will Wade.
This apparent move would seem to solidify the reasoning behind selecting Jones to replace Mike Davis at Texas Southern. No one is suggesting Patterson is going to be SWAC Player of the Year. But Power 5 transfers that don’t include a police blotter generate buzz in HBCU circles.
With less than a week on the job, let’s see if Jones can pull off any more summer magic.