HBCU ROUND-UP: NCCU’s Jones Named First Team All-State
DURHAM, N.C.–North Carolina Central University senior guard Morgan Jones was selected to the First Team of the 2016-17 University Division All-State Women’s Basketball Teams as announced by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) on Tuesday.
Jones joined Charlotte sophomore guard Grace Hunter, Campbell junior guard Summer Price, High Point sophomore Emma Bockrath and Charlotte senior guard Lefty Webster on the All-State First Team. The NCCSIA also named a five-player Second Team.
A resident of Stockbridge, Ga., Jones had a stellar senior season in which she averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 assists per game. She led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with a .830 free throw percentage while ranking fourth in points per game (13.8), fifth in steals per game (2.1) and fifth in made three-pointers per game (1.8).
Jones poured in a career-high 28 points in her final home game, a win against Savannah State on Feb. 27. After averaging 22.5 points per game in victories over Coppin State and South Carolina State, Jones was named College Sports Madness MEAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. She scored in double figures in 23 of her 29 starts and averaged 16.1 points per game in league play.
The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree reached the 1,000 point plateau in her final season. Jones, who played in 113 games for the maroon and gray over her four years at NCCU, finished with career totals of 1,047 points, 304 rebounds, 174 assists and 144 steals.
Jones graduated NCCU as class Valedictorian in December, boasting a 3.96 grade point average as a criminal justice major. The graduate student has earned MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team twice, NCCU Women’s Basketball Academic Team Award, NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month and a prominent member of the NCCU Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the State of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseba