Former ODU Stand-Out Mike Jones To Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

By Donnell Coley

Old Dominion guard Mike Jones (’95) will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award tomorrow, Oct. 11 at the 4th Annual Alumni Honors Dinner.  Jones had a successful pro career in both the United States and Europe, but is more recently being recognized for his work as head varsity basketball coach at his Alma mater DeMatha Catholic High School, where he has compiled a 271-67 record in 10 years.

As a Monarch, he finished his career in the 1,000 points club, scoring 1,156 points in four years.  His outside touch was one of the greatest the school has ever seen as he hit 166 career 3-pointers, which ranks fifth all-time.  In 1995, he made 80 3-point field goals, which ranks sixth all-time for a single season and he was named to his second straight CAA All-Tournament team.  That year, Jones led the Monarchs with 19 points in a thrilling triple-overtime victory over the No. 3 seed Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jones signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers in 1995.  After a short stint there, he moved on to play in the CBA and IBA.  He made first team all-league in 1997.  He also played professionally in Portugal, Hong Kong, Finland and the Dominican Republic.

Coaching at nationally acclaimed DeMatha, Jones has led the school to one national title and six Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships.  He was named 2005 Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year, and obtained national exposure for DeMetha as they were the No. 2 ranked high school athletic program in the U.S. by Sports Illustrated in 2005 and 2007.

Jones has also coached at the Jordan Brand Classic that hosts the top high school college basketball recruits in the nation.  He is also coaching the USA Men’s National U16 and U17 teams.  Jones boasts the production of multiple Division I college basketball prospects, most notable being Norte Dame‘s Jerian Grant, Indiana‘s Victor Oladipo and Georgetown‘s Austin Freeman.  

The awards ceremony will be held at the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, VA.

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