3 - Nick Jones
Nick Jones
Height: 6-4
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
Hometown: Oxnard, Calif.
High School: Santa Clara HS
Position: Guard
The Nick Of Time
Senior guard Nick Jones will again play a significant role for UCSB basketball. In his first three seasons, Jones has not only been one of the team's most valuable players from the standpoint of statistics, but he has also been one of the team's emotional measuring sticks. His relentless style, on both ends of the court, has truly made him a team energizer. In his final year, Jones' impact should be even greater. He will be one of the Gauchos' go-to players on offense and his role as a leader will undoubtedly expand.

Mr. Hustle Recognized
Last season, a case could have been made for Jones to earn some level of All-Big West honors. He didn't. Jones, however, did not go completely unrecognized and the honor he received was fitting. The Big West coaches voted Jones as the co-winner of the league's Hustle Award. His style of diving for loose balls, crashing the boards and playing with utter passion all the time, was infectious to his teammates and admired by opponents. Statistically, Jones had his best season as a Gaucho, averaging 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, but his contributions could not be measured solely with numbers and that was recognized by the Big West coaches.

The Two-Point King
Jones had a very good 2002-03 season from three-point range. He made a career-high 46 threes on the season, shooting a solid 41.4% from beyond the arc. But where Jones does most of his damage is from inside three-point territory. There is little question that he is the Gauchos' most dependable mid-range shooter. From 16-feet in, Jones is outstanding. Last season, he made more two-point baskets than any other UCSB player, hitting 92-of-168, 54.8%. In fact, in his three seasons, Jones has made a team-leading 238 two-point baskets, recording an outstanding 50.3% over that span.

Seeking Membership In 1,000-Point Club
Barring injury, Jones should become a member of UCSB's 1,000-point club. The 6-foot-4 guard enters the 2003-04 campaign with 977 points, needing just 23 to become the 20th Gaucho to surpass 1,000 career points. If Jones can come anywhere close to matching his 397 point total of last season, he would not only become a member of the club, but he would move into the school's all-time top-ten. Entering the season, the tenth-highest scoring Gaucho of all-time is Gary Gray, who finished his career with 1,227 points. Another current UCSB player, Branduinn Fullove, enters the year with 1,167 points and, also barring injury, should also move into the top-ten.

Finally, A Starter From The Start
Jones opened each of his first two seasons as a valuable reserve for the Gauchos. By mid-year of both his freshman and sophomore seasons, however, he was a fixture in the starting lineup. As a junior, Jones entered the campaign as a starter and never relinquished his spot. He and Mark Hull were the only two UCSB players to play in and start all 32 games during the 2003-04 season.

2003-04 Post Season Update
Nick Jones, UC Santa Barbara's heart and soul, has had a roller coaster of a season. He was forced to sit-out the season's first eight games, serving a suspension for playing in an unsanctioned summer league in Mexico. Not only was this crushing to Jones, one of the toughest competitors on the team, it hurt the Gauchos as well. One of the best clutch players in the league, Jones rejoined the team against Alabama State and scored 12 points. By January 24, he had surpassed the 1,000 career point mark and as we enter post-season play, he now has 1,108 career points . Jones is one of the most dependable outside shooters on the team, having connected on 119 three-pointers in his career, seventh best all-time.

Nick Jones enters the post season averaging 6.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game...He averaged 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals per game, and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.9...Though his numbers have fallen in comparison to last year, he had the best game of his season on March 6, against Long Beach State...Jones scored a team and season-high 20 points in the win going 8-for-13 from the floor and 4-for-7 from behind the three-point line...Jones scored in double figures four other times this year, two 14-point performances, one 13-point game and one 12-point game...He made at least one field goal in 14 of the 19 games in which he played, and he hit two or more ten times...Jones connected on 46-of-120 shots from the floor, 38.3%, and 17-of-48 from behind the three-point line, 35.4%...The four three-point baskets he made against Long Beach were a season-high..He recorded three three-point buckets two times, once against Cal Poly and once against Utah State, and he knocked down two three-pointers in his first two games back...Jones was exceptional from the free throw line going 22-for-29, 75.9%...Prior to a February 21, 1-4 performance from the line, Jones had knocked down 19-of-20, 95%...Jones had a season-high seven rebounds in the victory over Long Beach State...He recorded four rebounds three times and three boards three times...He had a season-high four assists twice, once in a loss at Long Beach State and once in a loss at Pacific...Jones played a season-high 27 minutes in the victory over Long Beach State, just two games after receiving seven minutes of time, his lowest total all season...He attempted more than ten field goals four different times, three of which resulted in double digit scoring efforts...Had 14 steals on the season, gathering two picks four times...His eight field goals against Long Beach State were his highest total all season.

2002-03
Jones was selected Honorable Mention All-Big West and he was the co-winner of the Big West Hustle Award...Averaged career-highs of 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds as a junior...One of just two UCSB players to start all 32 games, a school record...Jones scored in double-figures 22 times...Had a season-high 20 points twice, once each against Weber State and Jacksonville State in the first two games of the year at the BP Top of the World Classic...Also had a 19-point effort against Cal Poly in the Big West Tournament...Scored 15 or more 13 times...Produced the third double-double of his career, going for 16 points and ten rebounds in a home win over USF...He narrowly missed double-doubles in a win over USC (15 points and nine rebounds) and at Pepperdine (17 points and nine rebounds)...Also had 15 points and eight rebounds in a win at Pacific...Jones finished third on the team with 46 three-point baskets, but he tied for the team-lead by shooting 41.4% from three-point territory...He made a career-high four three-point baskets twice, going 4-for-5 in games against Cal State Fullerton and Jacksonville State...Opened the season by making at least one three-pointer in ten consecutive games, hitting 20 over that span...Made at least one three in 25 of 32 games and two or more 13 times...For much of the season, Jones led the team in rebounding ...He led the team in rebounds ten times as a junior and had five or more boards 13 times on the year...Finished second on the team with 29 steals and he had a season-high three in wins over UC Riverside and UC Irvine...Jones had at least one steal in 18 games...Jones played a career-high 880 minutes as a junior, playing 25 or more 25 times.

2001-02
After a solid regular season Jones turned it on in the postseason and led UCSB to its first-ever Big West Championship, earning the Big West Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player award...In Gaucho victories over Utah State, UC Irvine and Cal Poly, Jones made 13-of-24 shots overall, 6-of-11 shots from three-point territory and 10-of-12 free throws, averaged 14.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game...In the semifinal win over UC Irvine, he had 21 points...On the year, Jones averaged 9.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game...He made 43.9% of his field goals overall and a team-best 42.4% of his three-pointers...Came off the bench in the first 15 games of the season, but he started the final 16...Emerged in the second half of the season and over the final 15 games, he averaged 12.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game...Over that final 15 game span, Jones made 43.0% overall, but he made 49.1 of his three-point attempts...Made a career-high four three-pointers against UC Irvine and had two or more on 12 occasions...In addition to the 21 points he scored against UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament semifinal game, he had a career-high of 23 in a regular season game against the Anteaters...Overall, Jones scored ten or more points 16 times...Produced a double-double with ten points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Cal State Northridge...Jones had five or more rebounds ten times...His 32 steals tied for second on the team...He tied his career-high with four games of three steals and had one or more 17 times...Passed off for a career-best four assists against UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge...Jones averaged 26.0 minutes per game, but he played 30 or more ten times, all in the final 15 games of the year.

2000-01
Selected to the Big West All-Freshman Team...After opening the season as a reserve, Jones entered the starting lineup in late-December and that was where he remained...Played in all 28 games, starting 19...Finished fourth on the team in scoring (9.8 points per game) and in rebounding (4.2 rebounds per game)...In Big West play those numbers improved to 11.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game...In fact, Jones tied for second on the team in rebounding during Big West action...Scored in double-figures 15 times, including 14 of the final 20 games... Poured in a season-high 22 points in a home win over Pacific...Had 19 points in wins over Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State...UCSB was 4-0 when Jones led the way in scoring...Posted one double-double, going for 14 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Cal Poly...Had five or more rebounds 13 times...Had two or more steals four times, and a best of three vs. Pacific...Finished fourth on the team with 20 three-pointers...Jones played 727 minutes on the year, third on the team...Played 25 or more in the final 20 games.

1999-2000
Jones redshirted his first season at UCSB.

High School
Attended Santa Clara High School in Oxnard...Jones helped to guide Santa Clara to a 30-3 record and the California State Division 5 Championship in 1999...Jones was named the California State Division 5 Player of the Year after averaging 25.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a senior...Shot 62% from the floor overall and 52% from three-point range...Hit 82% of his free throws...Also named CIF Player of the Year and team MVP...Selected All-State, All-CIF, All-Frontier League and All-Ventura County...Named a John Wooden Award winner...Scored a career-high 36 points against Pasadena Poly in a California State Playoff Game, a school-record...Jones produced three other 30 point games as a senior...His career-best for rebounding was 16...Missed the entire regular season as a junior after suffering a foot injury, but he returned for the postseason and averaged 15.3 points per game in the playoffs...As a sophomore, Jones averaged 18.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.3 steals per game while hitting 58% of his field goal attempts...Also helped lead Santa Clara to a CIF title as a sophomore when he was named All-State, All-CIF, All-Frontier League and All-Ventura County as ...Also selected Frontier League Player of the Year and team MVP...Coached by the legendary Lou Cvijanovich.

Personal
Nicholas Franklen Jones was born January 19, 1981 in Ventura, CA...Majoring in Religious Studies...A three-year member of the Santa Clara High School Honor Roll and a two-year member of the National Honor Society...He was the Joe Borchard Award winner at Santa Clara, significant of high academic achievement among athletes...A Bank of America Academic Excellence award winner...He is very close to his family...The son of Fred and Laura Jones.

2003-04 Season Stats

                                       |---TOTAL---||---3-PTS---|                 |----REBOUNDS----|
Opponent               Date      Min   FG-FGA   Pct 3FG-FGA   Pct   FT-FTA   Pct  Off Def  Tot  Avg  PF FO   A  TO Blk Stl  Pts  Avg
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vs Alabama State       12/21/03   22    5-10   .500   2-3    .667    0-0    .000    1   2    3  3.0   2  0   0   2   0   0   12 12.0
at Long Beach State    1/3/04     22    2-7    .286   2-5    .400    0-0    .000    0   4    4  3.5   2  0   4   4   0   0    6  9.0
at UC Irvine           1/5/04     25    4-6    .667   1-1   1.000    0-0    .000    0   0    0  2.3   4  0   1   3   0   2    9  9.0
UTAH STATE             1/8/04     19    1-3    .333   0-1    .000    0-0    .000    0   2    2  2.2   1  0   1   2   0   0    2  7.2
IDAHO                  1/10/04    21    3-7    .429   1-2    .500    2-2   1.000    1   0    1  2.0   2  0   0   0   0   0    9  7.6
at Cal Poly            1/17/04    21    4-8    .500   3-4    .750    2-2   1.000    0   2    2  2.0   4  0   3   1   0   1   13  8.5
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE   1/22/04    21    2-6    .333   0-3    .000    3-3   1.000    2   2    4  2.3   2  0   2   0   0   1    7  8.3
at Pacific             1/24/04    24    5-12   .417   0-3    .000    4-5    .800    4   0    4  2.5   1  0   2   4   0   1   14  9.0
UC RIVERSIDE           1/29/04    15    0-2    .000   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    0   1    1  2.3   0  0   0   1   0   0    0  8.0
CAL STATE FULLERTON    1/31/04    16    0-4    .000   0-2    .000    2-2   1.000    0   2    2  2.3   2  0   2   2   0   0    2  7.4
at Idaho               2/5/04     22    0-7    .000   0-2    .000    6-6   1.000    1   0    1  2.2   1  0   0   2   2   2    6  7.3
at Utah State          2/7/04     22    3-10   .300   3-6    .500    0-0    .000    2   1    3  2.2   1  0   1   1   0   0    9  7.4
CAL POLY               2/14/04    13    1-4    .250   0-2    .000    0-0    .000    0   2    2  2.2   1  0   1   1   0   0    2  7.0
PACIFIC                2/19/04    12    1-7    .143   0-2    .000    0-0    .000    2   1    3  2.3   0  0   2   0   0   2    2  6.6
at Cal State Northridg 2/21/04    25    6-9    .667   1-2    .500    1-4    .250    0   2    2  2.3   2  0   4   1   0   2   14  7.1
at Cal State Fullerton 2/26/04    14    0-1    .000   0-1    .000    0-2    .000    0   2    2  2.2   2  0   1   1   0   1    0  6.7
at UC Riverside        2/28/04     7    0-0    .000   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    0   0    0  2.1   0  0   0   2   0   1    0  6.3
UC IRVINE              3/4/04     11    1-4    .250   0-2    .000    2-2   1.000    0   1    1  2.1   1  0   0   1   0   0    4  6.2
LONG BEACH STATE       3/6/04     27    8-13   .615   4-7    .571    0-1    .000    3   4    7  2.3   0  0   2   1   0   1   20  6.9

Totals......................... 359 46-120 .383 17-48 .354 22-29 .759 16 28 44 2.3 28 0 26 29 2 14 131 6.9

Career Statistics
T O T A L 3-POINTERS R E B O U N D S SEASON GP-GS MIN FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT OFF-DEF TOT--AVG PF-FO A TO BLK ST PTS---AVG 2000-01 28 19 727 101 222 .455 20 62 .323 51 65 .785 38 79 117 4.2 50 1 30 49 1 17 273 9.8 2001-02 31 16 805 101 230 .439 36 85 .424 69 98 .704 37 82 117 3.8 53 1 38 56 1 32 307 9.9 2002-03 32 32 880 138 279 .495 46 111 .414 75 97 .773 43 96 139 4.3 68 1 35 47 1 29 397 12.4 2003-04 19 11 359 46 120 .383 17 48 .357 22 29 .759 16 28 44 2.3 28 0 26 29 2 14 131 6.9 Totals 110 78 2771 386 851 .453 119 306 .388 217 289 .750 134 285 419 3.8 199 3 129 181 5 92 1108 10.1

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