Check stats. Jones had a higher scoring average (20 to 17.6). Jones averaged more rebounds (11.2-7.9). The Mountaineer was tops in the league in offensive and defensive rebounds. Jones had a higher shooting percentage (51.5-51.2). He had a better free-throw shooting percentage (77.4-74.3). And, as the kicker, Jones compiled the stats against slightly better competition. According to the latest Rating Percentage Index, WVU's schedule ranks No. 13, while that of Marquette is No. 16.
About the only statistic in which Crowder rose above Jones was in steals - appropriate, perhaps, because the Golden Eagle stole one here.
Head-scratching. I will say that sometimes voters in season-ending awards enjoy naming players with big-time professional potential. It's nice to be able to check out the awards later and say you voted for John Elway or Carmelo Anthony, etc.
But a quick glance shows that mock NBA drafts don't include Crowder. No, Jones isn't projected as a high pick either, but if the object is to name a future NBA star, go with Connecticut's Andre Drummond or Jeremy Lamb. Heck, Syracuse has three players rated higher than either: Fab Melo, Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters. If the coaches wished to honor a player from a top-10 team, well, Syracuse is No. 2.
Please understand this isn't meant to tear down Crowder. This is simply a comparison of two fine players. We are splitting hairs here. Crowder had a terrific season, especially down the stretch. Congrats to him and the Golden Eagles.
But Jones did nothing but hold up a young Mountaineer team - and have a better season. He was not a one-man band on a terrible team. More than likely, WVU is bound for the NCAA tournament. When the Mountaineers stumbled, it wasn't because of Jones. Ever.
The WVU senior didn't hunt shots. He capitalized on opportunities. He made the most of his senior year.
Is Jones a future NBA star? Probably not. More than likely he'll be an early-second-round pick. But Jones earned this award. Jones accomplished something only two others - Berry and Murphy - have in the history of the storied league.
Jones was undoubtedly the Big East player of the year in 2011-12. And he should have been honored as such.
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