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Montana Western's Brandon Jones announced on Saturday that he will be transferring out of the Bulldogs' program for his senior season. 

LUKE SHELTON, 406mtsports.com

DILLON — Another member of the Montana Western men's basketball team is on his way out.

Brandon Jones, a 6-foot-5 junior who earned All-American honors following the 2017-18 season, announced Saturday on Twitter that he would be transferring out of the Bulldogs' program for his senior season. He is leaving his possible recruiting options open.

"I want to thank the whole town of Dillon for welcoming me..along with the UM Western basketball team," Jones said on Twitter. "And I also want to thank Coach Matt Strick and Coach Steve Keller for giving me the second chance to play the game that I love.

"I will be reopening my recruitment to explore the best situation for my senior year."

Jones' departure comes in the wake of former Western men's basketball head coach Steve Keller leaving the program in March to take the same position with The University of Providence. Soon after, Belgrade's Dawson Fowler and Anaconda's Trent Mikalatos — both slated to join Western as freshmen this fall — changed course to join Keller's team in Great Falls.

On April 27, Western formally introduced Mike Larsen — previously the assistant men's basketball coach at Dakota State University — as Keller's successor.

Jones, a Houston native, was a key component of Western's success last season as the Bulldogs compiled a 26-8 record and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament semifinals. He averaged 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

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