6B Friday, March 4, 2011 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Denton Record-Chronicle Johnny Jones All-Decade Team By Brett Vito/Staff Writer, photos from Denton Record-Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News files Johnny Jones by the numbers 169 10 2 1 3-0 20.3 Jones has a record of 169-131 in Number of seasons Jones has NCAA tournament appearances. UNT Sun Belt West Division titles under UNT’s record against Big 12 oppo- Free throws UNT made per game in his tenure at UNT coached at UNT earned a spot in 2007 and 2010 Jones. UNT won in 2009-10 nents at home under Jones 2008-09 to lead the NCAA Star players helped UNT coach deliver for a decade North Texas will reach a milestone nament for just the One more win would give UNT an choices to whittle it down to five play- play just three years for UNT after this month when Johnny Jones closes second time in school unprecedented five straight 20-win ers, or even six. transferring in from Arizona State, in his first decade with the Mean Green. history in 2007. seasons, a run Jones credits to those Josh White hit the key shot to help comparison to a four-year player like There is little doubt those 10 years Three years later, the who have helped him along the way. UNT beat Troy in the 2010 Sun Belt Quincy Williams? are one of the best eras in the history Mean Green was “We have gotten a great group of Conference tournament final, but Eric And what about Chris Davis, of not only the basketball program, back in the Big kids who have bought into our sys- Tramiel was the tournament Most arguably the best player in school his- but also the UNT athletic department Dance. tem,” Jones said. “The talent level, the Outstanding Player that year. Calvin tory, who played just two years for as a whole. UNT will aim for Jones experience, camaraderie among our Watson had more to do with UNT get- Jones? Jones took a program that had won its third berth in five guys and having stability with the staff ting going in the first place than any- There are no easy picks, but the fol- just 20 games in the four seasons com- seasons beginning Saturday when it has helped us have success.” one when he led UNT to the 2007 Sun lowing is the Denton Record- bined before his arrival in 2001 and faces Troy in the first round of the Sun So just who are the best players Belt tourney title. Chronicle’s team, selected by staff turned it into a winner. Belt Conference tournament in Hot UNT has featured in the Jones era? And how does one gauge the contri- writer Brett Vito after consulting with UNT advanced to the NCAA tour- Springs, Ark. For Jones, there are just too many butions of George Odufuwa, who will Jones: CHRIS DAVIS Position: Guard Player of the decade Position: Guard CALVIN WATSON Seasons: 1999-2003 Seasons: 2003-2007 Notable: One of the greatest players Notable: Named the Most in UNT history spent his final two Outstanding Player of the Sun Belt seasons playing for Jones and was a tournament in 2007, when he led first-team All-Sun Belt selection in UNT to the title and the NCAA tour- both seasons ... Ranks second in nament ... Set the school record for program history with 2,238 points 3-pointers with 208 ... Ranks 12th and led the Mean Green in scoring in UNT history with 1,253 points ... in all four of his seasons at UNT ... Named third-team All-Sun Belt in Davis also led the Mean Green in 2007. ... Led UNT in scoring with both rebounds and assists in each 15.7 points a game as a senior. of his seasons playing for Jones ... Jones on Watson: “Calvin worked Davis was inducted into the UNT hard. He wasn’t a good shooter Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. when he came in, but he developed Jones on Davis: “What impressed into one.” me about Chris is that late in his career he was willing to change while not knowing if it was going to ERIC TRAMIEL bring success. He bought in. A lot Position: Forward of times scorers are one dimen- Seasons: 2009-2010 sional. He led us in scoring, rebounding and assists at one Notable: Named the Most point. He was a tremendous free Outstanding Player of the 2010 Sun throw shooter and could play from Belt tournament, when he led UNT the one [point guard] to the four to the title and the NCAA tourna- [power forward].” ment. ... Scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in win over JOSH WHITE Troy in Sun Belt tourney title game TRISTAN THOMPSON Position: Guard, Seasons: 2007-present ... Named third-team All-Sun Belt in Position: Guard North Texas was at a critical point in White enters the Sun Belt both his junior and senior seasons. Seasons: 2007-present the tenure of head coach Johnny Conference tournament on Saturday Jones on Tramiel: “Eric had a pres- Jones entering the 2007-08 sea- having scored 1,614 points, a total ence about himself and was a tena- Notable: Thompson ranks seventh in cious player on both ends of the school history with 1,534 points and son. that ranks fourth in school history. UNT advanced to the NCAA tourna- The last time he played in the event, floor. He played extremely hard. He is five points short of moving into fifth was just a winner.” ... Thompson was name to the All- ment just a few months before, but he hit a runner in the lane in the Sun Belt first team as a senior and had lost several of the key players final seconds and scored UNT’s last was a third-team selection in 2010 who had made one of the best sea- three points in a 66-63 win over Troy ... Thompson averaged 14.5 points a sons in school history possible, that sent the Mean Green to the GEORGE ODUFUWA game as a junior and helped lead including Sun Belt Conference tour- NCAA tournament for the second Position: Forward UNT to the NCAA tournament ... nament Most Outstanding Player time in the Jones era. Seasons: 2008-present Ranks fourth in school history with Calvin Watson. White was a third-team All-Sun Belt Notable: The leading rebounder in 484 free throws and fifth in 3-point- The Mean Green kept right on rolling pick as a junior and was a second- the Jones era ranks sixth in UNT his- ers with 174. He has made 39.0 per- anyway, thanks largely to the arrival team pick as a freshman when he tory with 846 boards, despite play- cent of his 3-point attempts and of point guard Josh White. was also the league’s Freshman of ing just three years with the Mean 81.2 percent of his free throws, totals White scored 25 points in a monu- the Year. He was an All-Sun Belt Green after transferring from Arizona that rank seventh and eighth in mental win over Oklahoma State in tournament selection his junior State. ... On track to average a dou- school history, respectively. ... Been a just his second home game and has year. ble-double as a junior and senior ... part of a record 83 wins at UNT. been terrific for the Mean Green ever White and teammate Tristan Second-team All-Sun Belt selection Jones on Thompson: “Tristan’s a since. Thompson have been a part of a in 2010, when he was also an All- prolific scorer. He has the ability to “Josh has an ability that is special school record 83 wins. Sun Belt tourney selection. ... put the ball in the basket from all and necessary to have success. He ”It means a lot,” White said of being Scored 881 career points, just eight areas on the floor. He can shoot it can create opportunities for others the Johnny Jones All-Decade MVP. short of top 30 in UNT history. from the outside and has a knack as well as himself and can set the “There have been a lot of great play- Jones on Odufuwa: “George has the for getting to the basket. He can tone for a game,” Jones said. “He ers who have come through here like ability to impact the game because score in acrobatic ways and get to has that desire and passion that are George [Odufuwa], Calvin [Watson] of his size, strength and quickness the free-throw line.” necessary for success.” and Chris Davis.” defensively as well as offensively.” HONORABLE MENTION LEONARD HOPKINS QUINCY WILLIAMS KENDRICK DAVIS RICH YOUNG ISAAC HINES KEITH WOODEN Position: Guard Position: Forward Position: Guard Position: Guard Position: Point Position: Seasons: 2001- Seasons: 2004- Seasons: 2005- Seasons: 2005- guard Forward 2005 2008 2007 2007 Seasons: 2005- Seasons: 2007- Notable: Ranks Notable: Ranks Notable: Notable: The 2006 2008 10th in school 26th in school Averaged 15.1 ultimate team Notable: The Notable: One of history with history with 909 points a game in player of the best pure point the best big 1,340 points ... points and is two seasons Jones’ era. guard of the men of the Second-team All-Sun Belt selection also second in blocked shots with 98 after transferring from Arkansas. ... Averaged 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, Jones era ... Led UNT in assists with Jones era averaged 9.2 points and in both 2004 and 2005 when he and 10th in rebounds with 691 ... Second-team All-Sun Belt selection 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocked shots a 104 as a junior and tied for the 5.5 rebounds a game in 2006-07 ... led UNT in scoring ... Averaged 18.1 One of the best big men in the Jones in 2006, when he led UNT with an game as a senior, when he helped team lead with 68 as a senior ... Wooden scored 16 points in a loss points as a senior. ... Helped get era helped lead UNT to the NCAA average of 16.8 points a game. ... lead UNT to 2007 NCAA tournament Led team in steals twice and was to Memphis in the first round of the program rolling early in Jones’ tournament in 2007 ... Led UNT in Helped lead UNT to the 2007 NCAA ... Scored 15 points in title game of UNT’s leader in rebounds as a junior 2007 NCAA tournament when UNT tenure rebounds as a junior and senior. tournament. 2007 Sun Belt tourney. with 6.4 per game. gave the Tigers a scare early on.