IRVING, Texas - Senior Shawn Jones of the Middle Tennessee men's basketball team (23-8, 13-3 C-USA) was named to the All-Conference USA First Team as announced by the league office Monday morning.
Jones picked up the all-conference honor after leading 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. The three-time C-USA Player of the Week paced Middle Tennessee this season with 14.5 points per game and 15.1 points an outing in league play.
The Hialeah, Fla., native leads the Blue Raiders on the boards, pulling down 8.5 rebounds a game and 8.1 boards per contest in C-USA games. He led MT in blocked shots with 61 on the year to average 2.0 swats per game and 2.5 in conference play. In C-USA only games, he ranks seventh in scoring, fifth in rebounding and second in blocked shots.
"I just think it's very well deserved," said MT head coach Kermit Davis. "Shawn has had an unbelievable year, when you start looking at his stats for rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage, averaging 15-points a game. First Team All-League players effect he game on both ends and Shawn (Jones) has certainly done that."
According the NCAA statistical rankings released March 7, Jones ranks 19th in the nation in field goal percentage and second in C-USA, shooting 58.1-percent from the floor. The 6-foot-8 senior ranks 43rd in the nation and fourth in the conference with 10 double-doubles on the year.
Jones helped MT secure a double-bye in the C-USA Championship at the No. 3-seed in MT's first year in the league. The Blue Raiders will open the C-USA Championship in El Paso, Texas with the quarterfinal round Thursday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. CT, taking on Florida Atlantic, Marshall or Old Dominion.