NCCU’s Jones Selected Academic All-District Again

      Courtesy of NCCU Sports Information

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University senior guard Morgan Jones has been named to the 2016-17 Academic All-District™ First Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Jones has earned the high distinction of Academic All-District™, which honors student-athletes who excel both in competition and in the classroom, for a second straight year.

Jones joins just four other NCAA Div. I players from District III (all institutions from the states of North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee) to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District™. She is one of three honorees who are playing basketball in Durham, with Duke University juniors Rebecca Greenwell and Lexie Brown also making the team.

Joining them are North Carolina State University senior Ashley Williams and High Point University sophomore Emma Bockrath.

“I am so excited for Morgan Jones,” said NCCU fifth-year head coach Vanessa Taylor. “She is has definitely exemplified Eagle Excellence since she came to campus three and a half years ago. Morgan is the type of woman that when she puts her mind to it and if there is a goal in front of her, she is no holds bar all-in. She is a leader of the team, she is very conscientious on how she performs both academically and athletically, and she has such a bright future. I am excited about having the opportunity to coach her.”

Jones, who actually graduated NCCU as class Valedictorian in December, boasts a 3.96 grade point average as a criminal justice major. The graduate student has earned MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team twice, NCCU Women’s Basketball Academic Team Award, NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month and a prominent member of the NCCU Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

The 5-foot-9 guard leads NCCU has started every game this season and leads the Lady Eagles with 12.2 points and 1.9 steals per game. Jones is making 1.7 three-pointers per game and averaging 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. She ranks in the top-10 of the MEAC in scoring (8th), made 3-pointers (8th) and steals (7th).

Jones matched her career-high in NCCU’s last game, a 58-46 win at Coppin State University on Feb. 6, with 25 points. She has scored in double digits 16 times this season and has 899 career points.

The 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District™ Women’s Basketball Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Jones (Stockbridge, Ga.) will automatically be nominated for 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America™  honors as a First Team All-District honoree. The NCAA Division I Academic All-America First, Second and Third Teams are slated to be announced by CoSIDA on Thursday, March 2.