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Jones, Wall Make C-USA All-Conference Team; Jones is Defensive Player of the Year

Jones, Wall Make C-USA All-Conference Team; Jones is Defensive Player of the Year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Southern Miss center Vandarel Jones continues to improve

on an already stellar senior season for Head Coach James Green and the Golden

Eagle basketball team.

He and senior guard David Wall have been named to the Conference USA second

and third teams, respectively; and, Jones, who was named the Conference USA

"Player of the Week" for the final week of the regular season, today received

the league's "Defensive Player of the Year" award for the 2000-01 season.

Jones posted impressive numbers throughout the season, but finished even

stronger as the Golden Eagles won their final five games of the regular

season to earn a C-USA co-championship, and the number two seed in the league

tournament that starts March 7, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.

His "Player of the Week" honor was only the second such award presented to a

Golden Eagle. Wall earned the same award early in the 1999-2000 season. In

his two games during the week ending Mar. 3, Jones made 14-of-18 field goals,

was 11-of-16 from the free throw line and grabbed 21 rebounds, including 15

in the regular season finale against South Florida. He also had 14 blocked

shots in the two games, including an impressive, career-best eight in the

South Florida game.

Jones finished the season with a 12.7 point scoring average to go with a

team-best 7.3 rebounds a game and a team-best 69 blocked shots while shooting

an impressive .617 (124-201) from the field. He produced five double-figure

rebound games including a season-high 16 in the Charlotte game, had 18

double-digit scoring games, including a season-best 25 in the Memphis game,

and recorded four double-double games.

In that final five-game win streak, Jones' numbers were even better. In the

five league games, he hit 32-of-44 field goals (.727), made 23-of-33 free

throws (.697), grabbed 36 rebounds (7.1 rpg), scored 87 points (17.4 ppg) and

recorded 27 blocked shots (5.4 bpg).

Jones also has quietly moved into some select Southern Miss basketball

company. During the just-completed regular season, he was the only Golden

Eagle to start all 28 games and averaged almost 29 minutes a game playing


He used a pair of free throws early in the Feb. 14 Houston game to reach the

1,000-point mark and become the 30th Southern Miss player ever to reach that

level. He currently is 24th on that USM career scoring list with 1,084

points. He has 707 career rebounds (10th on the USM list), and is one of

only eight Golden Eagle players ever to reach the 1,000-point, 700-rebound

mark. He also has recorded 69 blocked shots this season (third best single

season mark ever), has 167 career blocks (also third on the USM list), and he

is only the third USM player ever to reach the 1,000-point, 700-rebound,

150-block level. The other two players on that list are current NBA standout

Clarence Weatherspoon and Glen Whisby.

Wall, who missed three games with a knee injury, finished the regular season

with a team-high 14.2 point average. He scored in double figures in 20 of

the 25 games in which he played. He had a season-best 27 points in the

Arkansas State game along with 25 in the first Memphis game. He also led the

team in three-point shooting with 53 three-point baskets while shooting .398

from beyond the arc. Wall has scored 848 points in less than two full

seasons as a Golden Eagle.

The Eagles got in two practice sessions Tuesday, will work again Wednesday

(Mar. 7) and, on Thursday (Mar. 8), play the winner of Wednesday's Saint

Louis-Houston first round game. The Golden Eagles beat the Cougars twice

(72-58 in Hattiesburg and 62-58 in Houston, Texas) and edged the Billikens

69-67 in St. Louis, Mo.

Eagle Club Champion award to Joe Henley.

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