BU's Jones Named Finalist for Pair of National Awards

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Boston University's Joe Jones
Boston University's Joe Jones

March 26, 2014

From Boston University Athletic Communications

Ben Jobe Award | Skip Prosser Award

BOSTON - After guiding the Boston University men's basketball team to its first conference regular season title in a decade, third-year head coach Joe Jones has been named a finalist for both the Ben Jobe "Coach of the Year" and Skip Prosser "Man of the Year" Award.

One of 20 finalists in 2013, Jones is now just among 15 men vying for the Ben Jobe Award, which is presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I men's basketball. Coach Jobe is an icon in the history of basketball at historically black colleges and universities. He is best known as the head coach of Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons.

Jones is also a finalist for the Skip Prosser Award for the first time and joins a prestigious list of 15 men, including his mentor Jay Wright (Villanova) and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. The Skip Prosser Award was established in 2008 to honor those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who display moral integrity off of it as well. Prosser posted a career record of 291-146 in 14 seasons as a head coach.

This past season, Jones guided the Terriers to a 24-11 record, marking the second most wins in program history. BU went 15-3 in the Patriot League to capture the team's ninth-ever regular season title and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for the team's second consecutive postseason appearance following the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

During the season, Jones became the first-ever coach at BU to claim two victories against the 61-year-old Atlantic Coast Conference when the Terriers won at Maryland (83-77) on Dec. 21 after topping Boston College (75-61) at Conte Forum in 2011.

Under Jones' guidance, BU averaged 71.2 ppg and finished the year shooting 45.2 percent from the field, the team's highest mark since 1992-93. Sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. set a school and Patriot League record with 248 assists in a season while also tallying 74 steals, second most in a season. Senior D.J. Irving finished his collegiate career ranked ninth in school history in scoring, while classmate Dom Morris became just the sixth Terrier in program history to reach 1,000 points and 700 rebounds.

On the defensive end, BU went 17-3 when holding opponents below 70 points and led a conference in turnover margin for the first time since 2005 at +1.91. Season highlights included holding fellow Patriot League member Navy to its lowest offensive output (32) since 1943 and limiting the league's top scoring offense (Lafayette) to just 54 points in a 91-54 rout. The margin of victory was the largest ever for a Patriot League quarterfinal game.

The 2014 award recipients will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.