Per official release, Michigan basketball is adding former Columbia University center Jaron Faulds to the team as a preferred walk-on, via transfer.
Michigan Basketball Adds PWO Via Transfer
The Wolverines want big bodies in the middle.
With Moe Wagner’s selection by the Los Angeles Lakers, Michigan needs a little depth at the 5 spot.
And on Friday, they got it.
7-foot-1 center Jon Teske and Austin Davis are expected to contend for the starting role this next season, but going down the line, the maize and blue need big men. Enter: Jaron Faulds, a Michigan native who played his freshman year for Columbia University.
Per an official press release by the Michigan basketball team, Faulds has opted to return to the state from whence he came, and, though ineligible this upcoming season, he will join the team immediately.
University of Michigan David and Meredith Kaplan Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Beileinannounced Friday (June 29) the addition of transfer, and preferred walk-on, Jaron Faulds to the Wolverine roster. Faulds will sit out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of Jaron to our roster for this upcoming season,” said Beilein. “He has a lot of potential and brings collegiate experience to this young team. With a lot of hard work, he will play an important role in our team’s development and future success in the years to come.”
A native of Holt, Michigan, Faulds played 26 games at Columbia University last season. Averaging 4.5 points per game, he posted two games in double figures with a career-best 17 points at Albany (Dec. 2) after going 8-for-10 from the field. With 3.2 rebounds per game, he recorded six games of five-or-more rebounds with a career-best seven boards at Boston College (Dec. 12). In his only start of the season at West Point (Nov. 21), he finished with six points and five rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
A 2017 graduate of Holt High School, Faulds was a four-year member of the varsity team and led Rams to two district titles and the CAAC Blue league title in 2014. During his senior season he averaged 17.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. He holds school career records with 261 blocks and 782 rebounds and set single-season rebounding mark with 278 in 2016-17.
Michigan has had success in nurturing its transfer program. Most recently, former D-III athlete Duncan Robinson won Big Ten “sixth man of the year,” and is now in contention for an NBA spot through the summer league with the Miami Heat. Last season, the Wolverines brought in former Ohio Bobcats point guard Jaaron Simmons, who played pivotal minutes down the stretch in the team’s NCAA Championship Game run.