May 5, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Stan Jones, who has helped lead the Florida State men’s basketball team to the postseason in each of the last three seasons as the Seminoles’ associate head coach, has been named as one of the top 20 assistant basketball coaches in the country by Foxsports.com. The elite group of assistant coaches was compiled with the input of more than 450 head and assistant coaches from around the nation.
“The 48-year old has spent the last half-dozen years as Leonard Hamilton’s associate head coach. Jones was on Hamilton’s staff at Miami for five seasons and for one year in the NBA with the Washington Wizards. He has also worked at Mississippi State,” said the editors of Foxsports.com about Jones’ coaching stops. He has been credited with the recruitment of John Salmons and Darius Rice at Miami and All-America Al Thornton at Florida State.
With Jones on Florida State’s bench the Seminoles average nearly 18 wins a season and have advanced to the NIT in four of his six seasons in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won at least 19 games in four of the first six seasons and has a cumulative record of 23-25 in conference play in the last three seasons (9-7 in 2005-06; 7-9 in 2006-07 and 7-9 in 2007-08). Florida State has won more conference games in the last three seasons with Jones on the coaching staff then they did during the 2001-02 through 2004-05 seasons (22-58).
In the six years prior to Jones’ arrival in Tallahassee, the Seminoles won a total of 84 games for an average of 14 wins a year. The Seminoles have a 106-86 record (.554 winning percentage) in six years with Jones as a member of the coaching staff and average just under 18 victories in the last six seasons.
The Seminoles finished the season with a conference record of 7-9 record to mark the third consecutive season they had won at least seven conference games. It marked the first time in school history that Florida State has won at least seven ACC games in three consecutive years since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.
Jones is largely credited with the development of 2007 NBA Draft Lottery pick Al Thornton who came to Florida State as a little known freshman in 2004 and finished his career as one of the top players in school history. After averaging only 2.8 points and 7.9 minutes played as a freshman, Thornton left Florida State for the NBA as an All-America Third-Team and All-ACC First-Team selection, the runner-up ACC Player of the Year and the seventh-leading all-time scorer in Seminole basketball history. Jones is also lauded for his work with Tim Pickett who came to Florida State as a junior college transfer and left as a First-Team All-ACC selection and the 34th leading scorer in school history.
The Seminoles’ recruiting class was ranked No. 1 nationally in 2003 and has been consistently ranked in the nation’s top 10 while Jones has been on the recruiting trail for the Seminoles; the Seminoles’ class of five top-75 players for the upcoming season is once against considered to be ranked among the nation’s top-10 by nearly every recruiting service.