Apr 08, 2016
CARROLLTON, Georgia -- West Georgia Tech sophomore standout Jacquline "Jacky" Jones' final season with the Golden Knights garnered her Second Team All-America status from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The Marietta native joins Sydnee Clark and Angerika "Angie" Colbert to make up a trio that went 45-16 over the past two season and a fourth-place finish in this year's NJCAA Tournament.
Jones led West Georgia Tech to a 16-11 record against NJCAA Division-I competition in her two-year career, including a 10-5 record this past season.
"I'm thrilled to receive this honor and I want to thank coach (Kenny) Edwards and my teammates, because without them this would not be possible," Jones said. "Hard work does pay off. I've had to fight through some adversity and injuries, but I learned that if you remain consistent in your preparation and give 100 percent effort when you have opportunities, that you will be rewarded in the end."
Jones is the third West Georgia Tech women's basketball player to earn all-America honors.
Kadriana Howard was First Team All-American and Kelsea Walthall was Second Team All-American in 2014, after leading West Georgia Tech to the NJCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
Jones is one of just two forwards from the group of 15 players that make up the First, Second and Third Teams.
"I'm very proud of Jacky Jones for her recognition as one of the top players in the country," West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. "Jacky exemplifies the high standards that you hope for in a student-athlete. She gave tremendous effort each time she stepped on the court while taking on the role as a leader for her teammates. She and her teammates did an outstanding job of representing our College on the national stage. We wish her well in her future endeavors."
"I am happy to see Jacky Jones receive such a tremendous honor," West Georgia Tech Athletic Director Todd Pratt said. "Her hard work on and off the court lifted her teammates and embodies the spirit of what it means to be a student-athlete at West Georgia Tech. I know she will do well in whatever path she chooses going forward."
Jones battled through a minor injury throughout much of this past season, which limited her minutes.
The power forward still managed to average in double-figures in both points and rebounds, with 10.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, both team highs. Those statistics are even more impressive when you factor in the fact that she averaged just 19.1 minutes per contest, which is less than half of a 40-minute regulation game.
Jones averaged 22.2 points and 23.2 rebounds per forty minutes of action.
"I'm really proud of Jacky for working so hard to improve her game these past two years, and especially from her freshman to sophomore year," West Georgia Tech head coach Kenny Edwards said. "She has played all five positions for us at various points so that gives you an idea of how versatile she is as a player. She practices hard and plays harder, and that is always a great sign when you see that in a player."
As a freshman in 2014-15, Jones was third on the team in scoring, with 7.6 points per game and was second in rebounding, with 10.0 rebounds per contest. She recorded at least ten rebounds in 16 games as a freshman. This season she pulled down 10 rebounds or more 21 times, including the first ten games of the season, for a total of 37 double-figure rebounding games in her career.
Jones was the clear leader on the inside for West Georgia Tech this past season, leading the team in both scoring (10.6) and rebounds (11.1). She had 354 total rebounds, which placed her eighth in the nation, again in limited minutes due to playing through an injury.
Over her two-year career, Jones averaged 9.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per contest while playing an average of 19.1 minutes per outing.
Jones saved her best basketball for the postseason. The 5-11 forward averaged 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in five postseason games.
Against Mid Michigan in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Tournament, Jones scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while grabbing nine rebounds. Her efforts helped propel West Georgia Tech into the national semifinals against eventual champion Roxbury (Mass.) the next afternoon.
In her last game for the Black and Gold, Jones scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds in a three-point loss to Mohawk Valley in the consolation round at the national tournament, earning her a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Jones was named GCAA (Region 17) Conference Player of the Year. She won a conference record three-consecutive player of the week awards in November and December and four overall, which tied the school record set by Kelsey Walthall two seasons ago.
The national office named Jones the NJCAA Division-III Women's Basketball Player of the Week in late November.
Jones is one of the most outspoken and outgoing members of the team, which served her well when the Golden Knights participated in various community service initiatives throughout the year, according to Edwards.
"We really accomplished a lot because of her commitment on the court and with her commitment to academics. Her teammates followed her lead in many of those areas, so the overall contribution that Jacky made to our team and our program goes well beyond the wins and losses and the stat sheet," Edwards said.
Jones has yet to make a decision on where she will transfer now that she has completed her junior college eligibility, but has narrowed the choices down to a few schools and expects to make a decision within the next week. She has two years of college eligibility left.
"She definitely has a bright future ahead of her both athletically and academically and I'm looking forward to watching her develop at the next level. We will miss all five of our sophomores as they move on to the next chapter of their academic and athletic careers. It was an honor to coach all five of them and we will have some big shoes to fill next year."
Jacky Jones will fondly be remembered for her hard-nosed style of play on both ends of the floor. The "Running Knights" will be without one of its fastest horses next season, but the legacy that Jacky Jones leaves behind will remain forever.
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Click here for the official release from the NJCAA office: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/2015-16/div3/all-americans/index