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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jones named All-American

Oakland junior point guard Johnathon Jones was named a Mid-Major All-American by Tuesday. Jones and North Dakota State's Ben Woodside were the only Summit League players named to the team. Jones was also named the Summit League Most Valuable Player by CollegeInsider, while Woodside was named the Player of the Year. Not sure what the difference between the two awards is, but it's a nice honor none the less. Jones is just the second Oakland player to be named a Mid-Major All-American. Mike Helms was the first, he earned the honor back in 2003.

Jones set a Summit League single-season record with 290 assists this season, averaging 8.1 per game, tops in the nation. He also averaged 13.3 points per game this season to earn Summit League all-conference first team honors and all-tournament team honors.

"I am pleased for JJ and I think anytime you make a postseason All-America team it is well deserved,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe told OU athletics. “I think if you lead the nation in assists you should make every All-America team.”



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