Jones Named Preseason All-American; Trojans Team to WatchOctober 12, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. – Senior guard Denzail Jones has earned Super 16 All-American honors and the Anderson University men’s basketball team has been named a team to watch by the Division II Bulletin, as released Friday afternoon.
Jones was named to the Preseason All-SAC First Team after earning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year honors at the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native was also named the 2012 Conference Tournament Championship MVP after pouring in a SAC Championship-record 50 points in the double-overtime victory over Newberry in the tournament’s semifinals. He tallied a league-record 84 points in three SAC Tournament contests. Defensively, Jones was 20th in the nation in steals per game with 2.3 steals per contest and ranked fourth in the conference in scoring at 17.5 points per game.
Jones was one of just two juniors named to either the DII Bulletin All-America First or Second Team following last season and was also named to the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regional All-Tournament Team All-Southeast Region Tournament Team.
The 2011-12 campaign saw Anderson post the most regular-season league wins in SAC history and notch the highest league winning percentage (.944) in conference history en route to setting a new school record for wins in a season with 26. The Trojans claimed the league’s regular-season crown with a stellar 17-1 record, as AU became just the second current member since Carson-Newman in 2001-02 to go through the league slate with just one loss.
Anderson opens the 2012-13 season with a five-game homestand, beginning with rival Erskine on Nov. 14.