LAS VEGAS ( – Former USC player Bryce Jones has signed an agreement to transfer to UNLV’s basketball program, head coach Dave Rice announced this week.


Jones, a 6-foot-5 inch, 210-pound guard was a true freshman at USC during the 2010-11 season. He will have to sit out the 2011-12 season at UNLV because of NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play for the Runnin’ Rebels as a sophomore during the 2012-13 season.


“We are pleased to have Bryce join our program,” Rice said. “He is a terrific player and is really committed to winning. He is extremely versatile and will be great in our transition system. Southern California is an important area in our recruiting and adding a high-level, hard-working player like Bryce, who is from Los Angeles, is really important to the future of Runnin’ Rebel basketball.”


Jones appeared in 18 of the Trojans’ 34 games last season, and started each of his first 10 contests. He averaged 7.6 points, 2.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 20.6 minutes per game on the season. In the 10 games he started, he averaged 11.2 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 28.1 mpg.


“I am excited to become a Runnin’ Rebel,” Jones said. “I am looking forward to playing for Coach Rice and in the style of play that he is bringing to the program. The tradition and history of the program is incredible and I am excited to be a part of that. I plan to use my redshirt year this season to work as hard as I can and will be ready to play the following season.”


Jones attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., where he was a teammate of current UNLV guard Justin Hawkins. His senior season at Taft, Jones averaged 16.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg and made 56.8 percent of his shots in leading his team to the Los Angeles City Section final and the third round of the Division I state playoffs. He also made 49.3 percent of his 3-point attempts (33-for-67).

(Photo courtesy Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


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