News release date: March 1, 1997

Whitman's All-Time Shot Blocker
Earns All-Conference Honorable Mention

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Evan Jones, who set Whitman College school records for most blocked shots in a single season and career, has earned all-conference honorable mention recognition for a second consecutive season in the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC).

Jones, a 6-foot-6 senior post player, averaged 14.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season while blocking 47 shots in 23 games. A late-season hip injury forced Jones to miss one game and play sparingly in a second contest.

Jones, who played his sophomore season at Moberly Junior College, set the Whitman single-season school record for blocked shots when he swatted 53 during last year as a junior. He finished his two-year Whitman career with 100 blocked shots.

Whitman's previous single-season and career records were held by Don Black, who blocked 47 shots during the 1982-83 season and ended his two-year Whitman career with 72 blocks.

Jones, a senior co-captain this year, led Whitman in rebounding in each of the past two seasons.

"Evan gave us an outstanding inside presence for two seasons -- in scoring, rebounding and blocking shots," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "He also played so hard and gave us such great enthusiasm and leadership. It's been a lot of fun watching him play, and he's going to be sorely missed."

In his two seasons at Whitman, Jones scored 756 points, averaging 16.1 points per game and hitting 49.3 percent of his shots from the floor. He grabbed a total of 364 rebounds, averaging 7.75 per contest. Jones led the NCIC in total rebounds during his junior season with 192.

Jones, a sociology major, is a 1992 graduate of Christchurch (Va.) School.

CONTACTS:

Skip Molitor, Whitman Men's Basketball, (509) 527-4970
Email Address: molitore@whitman.edu

Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902
Email Address: holden@whitman.edu