LeDarion Jones Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar for Basketball

May 12, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming junior LeDarion Jones hasbeen selected by Black Issues in Higher Education magazine as a 1999 ArthurAshe Jr. Sports Scholar for men's basketball.

The honor has been awarded by Black Issues in Higher Education since1992. In 1994, the award was named after the late tennis great Arthur AsheJr. Winners are selected from nominations solicited from all accreditedcolleges and universities. The criteria are: any student of color who playsintercollegiate sports above the club level; maintains a 3.2 or bettercumulative grade point average; and is active in his or her campus orcommunity.

Jones was selected a third team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar formen's basketball. Jones has achieved a 3.21 cumulative grade point averagein industrial tech education. He was one of only 37 men's basketballplayers nationally to receive the honor.

In his first year competing for the Cowboys, Jones started 22 of 24games he played in during the 1998-99 season. He averaged 10.8 points and5.7 points per game. Jones scored in double figures in 14 of 24 games, hadfour 20+ scoring games and recorded three double-doubles. He redshirted the1997-98 season after transferring from Clemson University.

Jones also earned 1999 Western Athletic Conference AcademicAll-Conference honors and was a WAC Scholar-Athlete honoree.

Black Issues in Higher Education awards its Arthur Ashe SportsScholars honor to student-athletes in 21 sports. The magazine also names aFemale and Male Sports Scholar of the Year award. This year Shannon Brown,a senior soccer player at the University of Wisconsin, was named the FemaleSports Scholar of the Year. Brown has achieved a 3.979 gpa while majoringin Spanish and journalism. The Male Sports Scholar of the Year was KareemAbdul-Jabbar, a men's basketball player at Western Kentucky. Abdul-Jabbaris the son of former UCLA All-American and NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.The younger Abdul-Jabbar has achieved a 3.481 gpa as a psychology major.