College Basketball

Jones to Have His Number Retired by AU

Friday, January 12, 2007

More than a decade before Kermit Washington became the most famous basketball player at American University, there was a smooth shooter named Wil Jones who helped break racial barriers and once scored 54 points in an NCAA postseason game.

The Eagles are honoring Jones by retiring his No. 11 jersey at halftime of tomorrow's game against Colgate. Jones will join Washington and soccer player Michael Brady as the only athletes in school history to have their numbers retired.

"Oh, wow," Jones said yesterday from his home in Virginia Beach. "What a great moment. It's something that I imagine every athlete, every participant in anything, would want -- to be honored by your university."

Jones played at AU from 1957 to 1960 and is still the school's No. 3 all-time scorer with 1,982 points. He averaged 20.9 points per game over his career and scored 54 in his final game, a loss to defending champion Evansville in the 1960 NCAA Division II tournament.

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