Jones & Staff Guide East Squad At Reese’s College All Star Game

Jones at the 2018 Reese's College All-Star Game. (Photo courtesy of Eric Wieberg of the NABC)
Jones at the 2018 Reese's College All-Star Game. (Photo courtesy of Eric Wieberg of the NABC)

Part Of Reese's Final Four Friday Festivities

James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs, and his staff had a special honor at the Final Four Friday Festivities. Jones, Associate Head Coach Matt Kingsley, Assistant Coach Justin Simon and Director of Operations Chris Vincent guided the East squad in the Reese's College All Star Game at the Alamodome.

In a highly entertaining game, the West, under the direction of Jones' younger brother Joe, edged the East 98-94. Joe Jones is the head coach at Boston University.

Both coaches allowed each of their players to showcase their skills. Colorado's George King earned Reese's Most Outstanding Player honors from the East as he had a game-high 21 points and team-high nine rebounds.

Yante Maten from Georgia was named the Reese's Most Outstanding Player from the West as he finished with a team-high 17 points to go with nine rebounds in leading his team to victory.

The game was televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network, which had both coaches wearing microphones to provide inside access.

Jones, a two-time Ivy League Coach of the Year and the third winningest coach in Ivy history, has enjoyed a number of special experiences during his time at Yale. In 2007, he served as an assistant coach to Villanova's Jay Wright for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team, helping tutor Georgetown's Roy Hibbert, Michigan State's Drew Neitzel and Indiana's D.J. White. In 2006, Jones was selected by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, as a court coach for the 2006 USA Men's U18 National Team Trials.

Jones also has shared his insight with college basketball fans, serving as a guest analyst on the CBS College Sports Television Network on a number of occasions.

Jones recently completed his 19th season at the helm of the Yale program and is the winningest coach in school history. In 2015-16, Jones guided the Bulldogs to the most successful season in school history. Yale won 23 games, the most since 1906-07, and captured a second straight Ivy League title with a 13-1 record, matching the 1961-62 team for the best in school history. Yale advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 54 years where the Bulldogs upset Baylor to earn the first NCAA Tournament victory in Yale history.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity