Yeah, ok. We all know that the conference player of the year award almost always goes to the best player in one of the top four teams in the said conference. It is very rare to see a player named conference player of the year that’s team lost ten games or more during the conference season. So, hear me out, Mason Jones deserves to the award and it is not even a close race.
Arkansas lost its share of games while Isaiah Joe recovered from knee surgery during the middle part of SEC play. Obviously, Jones was going to receive his share of double teams as he is the second head of the monster Razorback backcourt. During the absence of Joe, Jones took it upon himself to keep the Hogs in games singlehandedly but lost by one possession or led late. Auburn, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Missouri are all games Arkansas lost with Joe out. In those games Mason scored 30 or more including a 40 point performance at home against Auburn. Missouri was the only exception when he scored only 17 points on the road.
Jones also leads the conference in points per contest in SEC play with 23.2 ahead of Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree (22.9).
Heading into the final Saturday of the regular season and performing one more time in his home state against Texas A&M, what will Mason Jones be able to do tonight to solidify himself as the SEC Player of the Year? Win and score 25+ points would be more than enough. What else has Jones done this season that would make him deserving on the award? The list could go on and on but here is just a sliver:
Jones leads the SEC and team in points scored. He is also the ONLY player in the SEC to also lead his team in rebounds, assists and steals.
Jones is the first player since 08-09 to be named SEC Player of the Week four times.
Jones is the only player to score 30+ points in 8 games this season which is tops in the conference and the most since Marcus Thornton and Jodie Meeks did so on 08-09.
His eight 30 point games ranks him fourth overall in the NCAA for 2019-20.
Jones also knows how to create his own shots in the post by leading the country in free throws made and attempts this season.
Finally, Jones has been at his best over the previous 11 games and has scored six of his eight 30 point games in those contests.
It is National “Be Heard” Day, so if you agree that Jones deserves consideration for SEC Player of the Year, start the trend now: #Mase4SECPoy.