Jones earns NABC All-District honors
MT big man picks up District 11 First Team accoladesMarch 17, 2014 · @MTAthletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Senior Shawn Jones of the Middle Tennessee men's basketball team (24-9, 13-3 C-USA) was named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District First Team as announced by the organization last week.
This marks Jones' third postseason accolade this season as the senior picked up Conference USA Player of the Year honors and was an All-C-USA First Team selection. The big man's awards come after he led the Blue Raiders to a share of the regular season C-USA title, marking their third-straight regular season conference championship and fourth in the last five years.
Jones was a three-time C-USA Player of the Week award winner and paced Middle Tennessee this season with 14.2 points per game and 15.1 points an outing in league play.
He led the Blue Raiders on the boards, pulling down 8.5 rebounds a game and 8.1 boards per contest in C-USA games. Jones led MT in blocked shots with 63 on the year to average 1.9 swats per game and 2.5 in conference play. In C-USA only games, he ranked seventh in scoring, fifth in rebounding and second in blocked shots.
According the NCAA statistical rankings released March 17, Jones ranks 21st in the nation in field goal percentage and second in C-USA, shooting 57.7-percent from the floor. The 6-foot-8 senior ranks 47th in the nation and fourth in the conference with 10 double-doubles on the year.
Jones was joined on the District 11 First Team by UAB's Chad Frazier, Florida Atlantic's Pablo Bertone, UTEP's Julian Washburn and LA Tech's Kenneth Smith. Frazier, Bertone and Smith all joined Jones on the All-C-USA First Team, while Washburn was an All-Conference Second Team selection.
The NABC Division I All-District teams for 2013-14 recognize the nation's best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 252 student-athletes, from 25 districts, are eligible for NABC Coaches' Division I All-American teams.
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