Men’s Basketball’s Jones Selected for Reese’s College All-Star Game; Prepares for Final Four Weekend
HOUSTON, Texas – Senior guard Cameron Jones was chosen Tuesday to play in the 2011 Reese’s College All-Star game at the site of the NCAA Final Four at Reliant Stadium Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Arizona time. The game will be televised on tru TV at 2:35 p.m local time (5:35 p.m. EST). The rosters are chosen by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
“It is a great honor for Cam,” said Head Coach Mike Adras. “He is already going to the Final Four as one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. It is amazing when you look at the names and schools on the rosters for both teams. It is really neat to see Northern Arizona there with Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Michigan State.”
Jones is the second player in school history to play in the annual all-star event. Former Lumberjack Ross Land played in the event in 2000.
“I am hoping he plays well because there are going to be a lot of NBA personnel at these games,” said Adras. “There are several opportunities that can happen for him by participating in this event.”
The game will feature two teams of the most outstanding college seniors in the nation. The coaches for the game are former Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs, who led the Sooners to the NCAA championship game in 1988, and Bill Foster, who guided Duke to the NCAA title contest in 1978.
Jones will play on the West squad coached by Tubbs and assistant Steve McClain, including Kenneth Faried (Morehead State), Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston), Gary Johnson (Texas), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), Mickey McConnell (St. Mary’s), Alex Stephenson (USC), Malcolm Thomas (San Diego State), Tristan Thompson (North Texas) and Tai Wesley (Utah State).
The East All-Stars include Lavoy Allen (Temple), Jimmy Butler (Marquette), Mike Davis (Illinois), Austin Freeman (Georgetown), Dwight Hardy (St. John’s), Vlad Moldoveanu (American), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Gary McGhee (Pittsburgh), Brad Wanamaker (Pittsburgh) and Chris Warren (Mississippi).
Jones averaged 20.0 points per game as a senior, breaking the school's single-season and career scoring marks during the season. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Sky first-team and selected to the Lou Henson All-America team presented by CollegeInsider.com. He was also a NABC All-District 6 second team selection.
Jones will participate in several activities at the Final Four as a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which will be announced during the semifinals on Saturday in a presentation on the CBS national telecast.
“It is going to be pretty fun,” said Jones. “They have a lot planned for us and I am pretty excited to get out there. It will be a great experience and rewarding to be in the same category with some of the elite players.”
Jones joins 10 finalists for the award in Houston including Devon Beitzel (Northern Colorado), Dodie Dunson (Bradley), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Matt Howard (Butler), Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), David Lighty (Ohio State), E’Twaun Moore (Purdue), Tyrel Reed (Kansas) and Kyle Singler (Duke).
“It would be great to meet Dickie V,” said Jones of his favorite announcer Dick Vitale.
Jones will participate in the Lowe’s HERO Build community service project on Friday handing out box lunches, signing autographs and thanking Lowe’s associates. They will have an on-court recognition starting at 2:30 p.m. at Reliant Stadium between the team practices before the All-State game. The Los Angeles, Calif., native will also attend the Lowe’s Regional Managers Breakfast on Saturday, as well as the National Semifinal games. The finalists will also be featured at the NCAA Final Four Dribble on Sunday.
Jones is also a candidate for the 2011 Lou Henson Player of the Year to be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on April 1 in Houston, site of the men's basketball championship.
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org