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Weber State basketball: Dillon Jones mid-major player of the week; how to vote on national award

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Feb 20, 2024

Zach Melendez, NAU Athletics

Weber State' Dillon Jones (2) brings the ball up the court against Northern Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Dillon Jones added some national flavor to his season-long list of weekly awards, and fan voting is also live for Jones’ candidacy in a national year-end award.

Following his two-game performance in wins at Idaho and first-place Eastern Washington, Jones was named the national mid-major player of the week.

That designation is given by CollegeInsider.com, which manages the Lou Henson Award watchlist and voting. Along with bestowing a season-end award for best mid-major player of the year, College Insider awards weekly Lou Henson honors throughout the season.

In January, Jones was named to the midseason watch list for the Henson Award.

Jones followed a performance of 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds at Idaho with a game of 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists at Eastern Washington, shooting 19 of 37 overall, 4 of 8 from the 3-point line and 17 of 19 at the foul line, including game-winning free throws at Idaho.

Those two games also earned Jones the Big Sky Conference player of the week honors for the seventh this season and 15th of his career.

Jones is the only player in Big Sky men’s basketball history with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals for a career. He’ll soon have those numbers at 1,700 points, 1,100 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals.

Jones is also a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame’s year-end Julius Erving award, which goes to the nation’s best small forward.

Fans can vote once per day for Jones online at hoophallawards.com/men/vote.php for that award. A committee decides the winner, but the victor of the fan vote counts as one vote in the committee’s decision.

Jones is also the latest Weber State player on the NBA radar. In her most recent mock draft published Tuesday morning, Yahoo Sports draft analyst Krysten Peek — who has seen him in person a handful of times this season — put Jones as the No. 24 pick in this summer’s draft.

Weber State (18-9, 9-5 Big Sky) is on a six-game winning streak and, currently in third place in the Big Sky, next travels to Idaho State on Saturday.


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