January 22, 2019

WGTC’s Jacky Jones named Njcaa D-III National Player of the Week

(Carrollton, GA) — West Georgia Tech’s Jaquline (Jacky) Jones was given the high distinction of being named NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week, for games played from November 16-22. The NJCAA made the official announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

The sophomore forward from Marietta is the second student-athlete in school history to win national player of the week honors. Kadriana Howard, also representing women’s basketball, won the award in January of 2014.

“We are very proud of Jacky for earning player of the week honors on the national level,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “That is quite an accomplishment and I join everyone at West Georgia Tech in congratulating her. Our women’s basketball program has been competitive on the court, but we are especially proud of their efforts in the community and in the classroom.”

“We are proud that Jacky Jones has been recognized on a national level for her efforts on the basketball court,” West Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Todd Pratt said. “Jacky is a perfect example of what it takes to be a student-athlete and represent the Golden Knights. She is a hard worker on and off the court and she has been a leader to her teammates. I’m excited for her and for the entire women’s basketball program.”

Jones also won Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17) D-III Conference Player of the Week accolades both last week and this week.

“I’m honored that I was even in consideration for this award,” Jones said. “It means so much to me because I have worked really hard to be a better basketball player and teammate. I consider this a team award because I could not have put up those kind of numbers without the help of all of my teammates.”

Jones averaged 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in pair of games against NJCAA Division I competition last week. She also averaged 3.5 steals per game and had 1.5 blocks per game in those two contests.

In a tough loss to Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College last Friday, Jones scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds to go along with two blocks.

Jaquline Jones

Jaquline (Jacky) Jones

She followed that effort with an 18-point, 12-rebound performance in a win over Chattahoochee Technical College on Saturday afternoon.

And on Monday night she pulled down a season high 17 rebounds and scored 8 points in a win at Brenau University’s junior varsity squad.

Jones leads the conference in rebounds with 12.5 rebounds per contest while also leading the conference in offensive rebounds at 5.6 per game.

In each of West Georgia Tech’s eight games so far this season, Jones has recorded ten or more rebounds.

Even more remarkable is the fact that she has put up those eye-catching numbers while averaging just 23.4 minutes per contest.

Jones plays the power forward position on offense. Standing at 5’11, she is one of West Georgia Tech’s tallest players. She is, by far, the team’s most skilled rebounder.

“Rebounding is something that I have always been taught because of my height,” she said. “I move with the ball and just go get it. A lot of it is timing and then you have to really put forth the effort to go get the ball.”

Jones leads the team in steals (3.5 steals per game) and blocks (1.5 blocks per game).

“Jacky has performed at such a high level, not just over the last two weeks but for the entire season,” West Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach Kenny Edwards said. “She is a warrior and I am so proud of her and I am happy that she has been recognized by the national office. Jacky plays with such intensity in every phase of the game and can guard every position on the court defensively, and that is a tremendous help to us with our style of play.”

Jones has helped lead West Georgia Tech to a 5-3 record and five wins in its last six games.

Four of West Georgia Tech’s five wins have come against NJCAA Division I or Division II competition.

“I think the most impressive thing about Jacky and her play on the court is the fact that she has done this while not being 100-percent healthy. I have not played her in as many minutes as I normally would because of that. Once she is in top game-playing shape, I expect even bigger things from her,” Edwards said.

Jones has worked just as hard in the academic arena at West Georgia Tech, as she pursues a degree in criminal justice.

“Coach Edwards pushes us daily to do well in school,” she said. “We have study hall every day and I don’t think a day goes by that he doesn’t bring it up – the fact that we have to work really hard in the classroom and keep our grades up. My professors have been very helpful. They have worked with me on a personal level to help me become a better student. I plan to finish the semester strong in the classroom.”

Jones will attempt to make it nine games in a row with 10 rebounds or more when West Georgia Tech returns to the hardwood a week from Saturday at home against Faulkner University’s junior varsity team.

Tip-time for the contest is at 2 p.m. in Carrollton.

Visit www.WGTCAthletics.com for more information on West Georgia Tech Golden Knights athletics.

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