MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern College men's basketball junior Slinky Jones has been named as the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, the conference office announced on Monday.
Jones helped lead the Moccasins to a pair of crucial SSC victories last week. Florida Southern knocked off two of the conference's top three teams with overtime wins over Eckerd (100-96) and No. 25 Barry (109-100. In the two games, Jones averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while compiling seven total blocks and three steals. He recorded 11 of his 13 rebounds on the defensive end.
Against Eckerd, Jones poured in a season-high 20 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks. He came up with a critical block on Triton standout Drushaun McLaurn with 1L28 left in overtime to help keep the Mocs ahead. In the upset of Barry, Jones scored 16 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and tallied four blocks. He helped set the tone early with a thunderous block on Barry's opening possession, and also came up with another block at the 2:22 mark of overtime to help preserve the win.
Jones leads the Sunshine State Conference and ranks 26th nationally in total blocks (42), and is tops in the SSC and 35th in the country in blocks per game (1.83). He has also helped the Mocs to an average of 27.87 defensive rebounds per game, second-best in the conference and 42nd nationally.
Florida Southern men's basketball has now earned seven weekly awards from the Sunshine State Conference this year. In addition to Jones' three Defensive Player of the Week awards, teammates Jack Rauch (Player of the Week - 11/27), Jonathan Lawton (2/5) and Brett Hanson (Defensive Player of the Week - 11/27; Player of the Week - 1/1) have also been recognized.
With the selection of Lawton (Player of the Week) and Jones (Defensive Player of the Week), the Mocs have swept the SSC men's basketball awards for the second time this season. In addition, FSC women's basketball players Camille Giardina (Player of the Week) and Anja Fuchs-Robetiin (Defensive Player of the Week) earned this week's conference honors on the women's side.
It is the first time in Sunshine State Conference history that a single member institution has swept all four basketball Player of the Week awards.