When Bob Huggins spoke to reporters after Kevin Jones was not named Big East player of the week last Tuesday, he half-jokingly said he was starting to trust sportswriters more than his fellow coaches. That notion may have been reinforced Monday, when Jones was named a second-team All-American by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Jones expressed disappointment at the Big East player of the year snub last week, but he received a bit of vindication at the end of a strong individual campaign.
The forward was one of 10 players recognized by the USBWA. He was the only Big East player on either the first or second-team lists, as Marquette's Jae Crowder (the Big East's player of the year) was not on the list of honorees.
A senior from Mount Vernon, N.Y., Jones averaged 20.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game this season. He became only the third player to ever lead the Big East in both of those categories for an entire season.
The USBWA All-American first-teamers are Anthony Davis of Kentucky, Draymond Green of Michigan State, Doug McDermott of Creighton, Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.
Joining Jones on the second-team are Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, Missouri's Marcus Denmon, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and North Carolina's Tyler Zeller.
Jones is the fourth West Virginia player to ever be named to the first or second-team USBWA All-American lists and the first since Rod Thorn in 1962-63. The other two Mountaineer honorees were Hot Rod Hundley and Jerry West.