DeVries announces signing of Jayden Stone

WVU men’s basketball coach Darian DeVries has announced the signing of Jayden Stone to a grant-in-aid for the 2024-25 season.

Stone, a 6-foot-4, 200- pound guard, played the last two seasons at Detroit Mercy and two seasons at Grand Canyon. He will be a fifth-year senior at WVU.

For his career, he has played in 69 games and has scored 825 points, has recorded 253 rebounds, has 122 assists to go with 59 steals. Stone has shot 50.1% from 2-point range and 80.9% from the free throw line. He has connected on 102 3-point field goals.

The native of Perth, Australia, scored 20.8 points per game last season, ranking 22nd in the nation. He played in 26 games with 25 starts, led the squad with 2.7 assists per game and averaged 5.6 rebounds per game. Stone recorded a team-best 62 3-point field goals.

Stone scored double figures in 23 games, including three games with 30 points or more. He scored a careerhigh 36 points and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds at Robert Morris, poured in 34 points against Eastern Michigan and had 30 points at Milwaukee in the Horizon League Championship. Stone scored 25 points at Cincinnati and 22 points at Ole Miss.

“Jayden brings us great versatility and can play a variety of positions,” DeVries said. “We love the way he can shoot the ball along with his ability to handle and facilitate.”

In his first season at Detroit Mercy, Stone started 13 games and tallied 13.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 49.2% from the field, 51.9% from 3 and 85.7% from the free throw line. He scored in double figures in eight games with five 20- point efforts. Stone recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds in his Titan debut, had 22 points at Boston College and had 24 points in games against Bryant, Milwaukee and Northern Kentucky.

Stone played 30 games in his first two seasons at Grand Canyon, scoring a then-career high 14 points against Abilene Christian.

Stone prepped at Central Park Christian High School in Alabama but then transferred to Sacred Heart High in Alabama for his junior season and Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas for his senior year. He was named the 2019 Alabama 2A Player of the Year as a junior, scoring 21.1 points and pulling down 10.2 rebounds per game while leading his team to a runner-up appearance in Class 2A. Stone moved to Sunrise Christian Academy for his senior season and helped lead the school to a 22-3 record against a national prep schedule. He was a McDonald’s All- American nominee.