Mount Olive Guard Honored

Mount Olive Guard Honored

A pair of Conference Carolinas men’s basketball student-athletes have been named Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2 CCA) Men’s Basketball All-American selection for their play this season.

KJ Jones II of Emmanuel, the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, earned second team honors while first team all-conference honoree Michael Brown of the University of Mount Olive was named to the third team.

A 6-foot-6 junior guard, Jones, who led Emmanuel to the 2023 Atlantic Casualty Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Championship title and an NCAA Division II tournament appearance, continues to lead NCAA Division II in points per game (26.2) and is third in total points (761). The Conference Carolinas Player of the Year also finished the year seventh in Conference Carolinas in rebounding at 7.2 per game. The Atlanta, Georgia native shot at a 50.5 percent (214-for-424) clip and ranked second in the league in free throw percentage (.868) and seventh in 3-point percentage at 41.7 percent (58-for-139). He was also eighth in the league in assists per game (3.5) and seventh in steals at 1.7 per contest. He was also named D2 CCA All-Region, NABC All-Southeast First Team and is on the Bevo Francis Top 25 watch list.

A 5-foot-10 senior guard from Winchester, Virginia, Brown averaged 23.2 points, 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game for Mount Olive this season. Brown statistically had one of the best seasons in Mount Olive history after shattering the single-season points and assists records this season. His points per game and minutes per contest (38.4) are both tops on the third team.