Jones named to C-USA Preseason Watch List

C-USA releases 16-member men's basketball watch list

October 3, 2013 · @MTAthletics


IRVING, Texas - Conference USA announced its 2013-14 Men's Basketball Preseason Players to Watch List Thursday afternoon and Middle Tennessee's Shawn Jones was on the 16-member list as selected by the league coaches.

Jones is MT's top returner in both points and rebounds. He was second on the team last year in both categories, averaging 8.5 points per game and 5.4 boards a contest. He helped Middle Tennessee to its second-straight Sun Belt Conference regular season title and to an NCAA Tournament appearance with a 28-6 overall record and 19-1 mark in conference play.

During his junior campaign, Jones posted a team-high three double-doubles on the season. The 6-foot-8 forward led MT in scoring four times and in rebounding eight times. He reached double-figures 12 times in scoring and four times in rebounding. He posted a career-best 21 points against Texas Southern Nov. 24, while grabbing a career-high 13 boards at UCF Nov. 20 and then again against FIU Dec. 29.

The Hialeah, Fla., native paced the Blue Raiders in blocked shots last season with 43 denials. Jones ranked sixth in the league, averaging 1.3 swats per game. He earned College Sports Madness All-Sun Belt fourth team honors.

Each of the league's 16 members was represented on the 2013-14 C-USA Preseason Players to Watch List. The list features nine all-conference performers, eight with postseason experience and a number of all-region selections and chart climbers. The league's preseason roster includes eight seniors, five juniors and three sophomores.

Student-Athlete | School | Class | Pos. | Hometown
Pierriá Henry | Charlotte | Junior | G | Charleston, W.Va.
Akeem Richmond | East Carolina | Senior | G | Sanford, N.C.
Tymell Murphy | FIU | Senior | F | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dragan Sekelja | Florida Atlantic | Redshirt Senior | C | Zagreb, Croatia
Raheem Appleby | Louisiana Tech | Junior | G | Jacksonville, Ark.
Elijah Pittman | Marshall | Senior | F | Covington, Ky.
Shawn Jones | Middle Tennessee | Senior | F | Hialeah, Fla.
Jordan Williams | North Texas | Junior | G | Dallas, Texas
Keenan Palmore | Old Dominion | Sophomore | G | Stone Mountain, Ga.
Max Guercy | Rice | Sophomore | G | Arleta, Calif.
Neil Watson | Southern Miss | Senior | G | Kansas City, Kan.
Tre Drye | Tulane | Junior | F | Baton Rouge, La.
James Woodard | Tulsa | Sophomore | G | Edmond, Okla.
Rod Rucker | UAB | Senior | F | Elberton, Ga.
Julian Washburn | UTEP | Junior | F/G | Duncanville, Texas
Jeromie Hill | UTSA | Senior | F | Cairns, Australia

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