Chris Jones named national Player of the Year

University of Louisville signee Chris Jones has been named Junior College National Player of the Year by the NABC. Jones, who will enroll at U of L in June, is slated to be Peyton Siva's replacement in the Cardinals' lineup at point guard.

Chris Jones was coming to the University of Louisville next month with an already stacked resume that included a high school state championship, two junior college national runner-up finished and first-team All-American status.

Now, the 5-foot-11 Jones has added an even more impressive honor.

Jones, who is expected to arrive in Louisville next month and will enroll in June, has been named Junior College National Player of the Year by the NABC.

"It's not something you think about," Jones' coach Steve Forbes of Northwest Florida State College said. "But as we finished the year and things (awards) started coming out, you wonder if it's possible because of what he did.

"He had an unbelievable year and an unbelievable career here."

Jones, who became the first player in school history to earn NJCAA All-America honors twice, led NW Florida to back-to-back national title games. The Panthers finished with a 62-6 record during his career.

Jones finished the season averaging 22.9 points a game, which ranked him fourth in all of JUCO. He was honored as the Panhandle Player of the Year for the second straight season.

A former Tennessee commitment and top-50 prospect out of high school, Jones is expected to be the replacement for Peyton Siva next season for U of L.

"They're getting a winner," Forbes said. "He's not a one dimensional guy and he understands that and I think that's what makes him so good. He knows it's not going to be easy, but he's ready to go."

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