NWF State’s Jones First-Team All-American
4/12/2013 – By BRANDON WALKER
NICEVILLE — The awards keep rolling in for Chris Jones, bringing closure to one of the finest careers in Northwest Florida State College history.
On Monday, Jones became the first player in school history to earn NJCAA All-America honors twice, as the 5-foot-10 point guard from Memphis received First-Team recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association for his efforts in leading the Raiders back to the national championship game for the second-straight season.
“He’s just a great player,” said Northwest Florida State head coach Steve Forbes. “He works hard and he deserves everything he gets. He has had a great two years here and I really think being here has helped Chris a lot. He has matured both mentally and physically, and he’s a better player now than when he got here.”
In addition to Jones, NWF State freshman Elgin Cook, who committed to the University of Oregon in March, was named Honorable Mention All-America.
For Jones, the award concludes a career that included a 62-6 overall record, a pair of Panhandle Conference championships, one Region 8 title, back-to-back title game appearances and consecutive Panhandle Conference Player of the Year awards.
“He has accomplished so much,” said Jones. “He has dedicated himself and he really was a leader for us this year.”
Jones, who averaged 22.9 points per game in 2012-13, was named FCSAA State Player of the Week on four separate occasions. He was also named NJCAA National Player of the Week twice.
Jones committed to play for head coach Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville last summer and then signed with the Cardinals in the fall. He will now join a Louisville program that’s coming off its first national championship since 1986.
“It looks like Chris made a great choice of where to finish his college career,” said Forbes. “I know he’s ready to get up there. They are getting a good player.”