USF's Dominique Jones Earns BE Honors

The BIG EAST Conference has released the league's first men's basketball weekly honors for the 2009-10 season and Bulls guard Dominique Jones earned a spot on the honor roll Monday afternoon.

USF guard Dominique Jones earned a spot on the BIGT EAST honor roll when the conference released the first set of weekly honors Monday. Syracuse forward Wes Johnson and Cincinnati guard Lance Stephenson earned the top spots for the week.

Dominique leads the Bulls with 19.4 points per game and 24 assists, and also has 14 steals and is second on USF with 7.2 rebounds per game.

He has scored at least 13 points in each of the five games, and has six or more rebounds in four of five games. The junior played all 40 minutes against South Carolina and Wilmington, and 38 minutes against Virginia.

The preseason BIG EAST honorable mention is fifth in the league in scoring, third in steals, ninth in assists, 17th in rebounding and first in the league in minutes played.

Jones averaged 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 3.0 steals, and 38.7 minutes per game, and also shot 52.4 percent from the field and 30 percent from long range in the three games played at the Charleston Classic last weekend.

Against Davidson, a team who was receiving votes in the AP Poll, Jones recorded his third-career double-double, 17-points and 10-rebounds, and also had six assists and three steals in the game.

The next night against South Carolina Jones played 40 minutes, put up 17 points and nine rebounds, in addition to five assists and was one rebound shy of back-to-back double-doubles. The Bulls fell just 3 points short in the 60-66 loss.

Against UNC-Wilmington in the consolation game of the tournament, Jones played the entire 40 minutes and went off for a season-high 28 points, three assists, four rebounds and had six steals.

The USF junior guard is on five career records lists at USF, ninth in three point field goals made (115), field goals attempted (917) and three pointers attempted (50), and 10th in scoring (1,189 points) and free throws made (262). He is just 42 attempted free throws, 36 made field goals and 13 steals away from 10th in each category.

The BIG EAST Conference men's basketball weekly honors

BIG EAST Player of the Week
WES JOHNSON, Syracuse, F, Jr. - Johnson was chosen as BIG EAST Player of the Week after he was named MVP of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer for leading the Orange past No. 13/12 California 95-73 and No. 6/4 North Carolina 87-71 in the final two rounds of the tournament. In the title game against the Tar Heels, he had a career-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Against California, he posted 17 points, 11 boards and six blocks. For the season, he is averaging 17.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
LANCE STEPHENSON, Cincinnati, G, Fr. - Stephenson was named the first BIG EAST Rookie of the Week of 2009-10 after he averaged 11.5 points in a pair of victories for the Bearcats. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Stephenson tallied 16 points in a 92-68 win over Toledo. His scoring average leads all freshmen in the BIG EAST.

BIG EAST Honor Roll

Samardo Samuels, Louisville, C, So. - Averaged 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots while helping the Cardinals to a 3-0 start. He shot 58.6 percent from the floor.

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, F, Sr. Averaged 26.8 points and 9.3 rebounds to lead the Irish to a 4-0 start.

Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Jr. Has helped the Pirates to a 3-0 start, which included two road victories, by averaging 20.3 points.

Dominique Jones, USF, G, Jr. Averaged 19.4 points in helping the Bulls to a 4-1 start including a third-place finish in the Charleston Classic where he an all-tournament pick.

Antonio Pena, Villanova, C, Jr. Was named MVP of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. He is averaging 12.2 points and 11.0 rebounds.

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