MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Senior Kevin Jones
was named Most Valuable Player of the WVU men’s basketball team at the squad’s 2011-12 banquet, held Thursday at the Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place Hotel.
Jones was named a second team consensus All-American in 2012 after he was named to the John Wooden All-America team, a second-team selection to the USBWA, NABC, Associated Press teams and a third-team selection to the Basketball Times and Sporting News teams.
Jones, a Mount Vernon, N.Y., resident, led the Mountaineers to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including the 2010 Final Four and the school’s first BIG EAST tournament championship in 2010. As a senior, the two-time co-captain averaged 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, becoming just the third player in BIG EAST history to have led the league in both scoring and rebounding in the same season.
The All-BIG EAST First Team selection finished his Mountaineer career fifth in scoring (1,822 points) and fourth in rebounding (1,048) rebounds, joining Jerry West as the only two WVU players to score more than 1,700 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds. During his senior season, he became the first Mountaineer player since Wil Robinson in 1972 to score at least 20 points in nine consecutive games.
Jones finished his career as WVU’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds (450) and finished 11th in BIG EAST history with 560 career rebounds in conference games. He started every game in his final three seasons and finished second in career minutes played (4,347) at WVU.
Jones also won the Team Man award. Other award winners were Dominique Rutledge
(Most Improved), Darryl Bryant
(Best Defender), Aaron Brown
(Sixth Man) and Gary Browne
(Charge Leader and Unsung Hero).
The Mountaineers finished the 2011-12 season with 19 victories and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive