WARNER – Connors State Cowboys continue their move up the National Junior College Athletic Association basketball poll, advancing three spots to No. 12 in the latest rankings. The 14-1...
WARNER – Quan Jones, 6-2 point quard for Connors State, has signed a NCAA Division I basketball National Letter of Intent with Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Jones from Little Rock, Ark., played two years for Cowboys’ head Coach Bill Muse, averaging 10.9 points per game, playing an instrumental part in leading Connors to a 27-3 record last year.
Jones said Tuesday was a big day for him with the signing. “Coach (Tic) Price really came hard after me and said he really wanted me at Lamar,” said Jones. “They have nice facilities. I will come in and have an opportunity to start for them immediately. I will be able to have an impact for the team.”
Jones was also being recruited by Texas State University, Pan American, College of Charleston, Tennessee State and Weber State.
“I had a lot of choices, but felt like Lamar was my best opportunity. Coach Price is a standup guy and a fair coach,” Jones.
Quan has played a big part in our success the past two seasons here at Connors,” said Muse. “He provided us with great leadership both on and off the court. I know he will be a big success at Lamar. Quan is both a very good basketball player, but a great individual.”
Jones will be coach by Tic Price, who was named the Cardinals interim head coach on March 18, following the firing of Pat Knight, who guided the Cardinals for three seasons. Price coached the final five games of the season before being elevated to the head coaching position in April.
Lamar, a member of the Southland Conference, finished 4-26 last year and 3-15 in conference play.
During his sophomore season Jones shot 41.6 percent from the floor, connecting on 94-of-226 attempts, while draining on 28-of-84 shots from behind the arc averaging 33.3 percent from the 3-point range. He shot 76.2 percent at the free throw line, connecting on 112-of-147 attempts at the charity stripe.