March 2, 2021 - by
MORGAN JONES NAMED TO ACC FIRST TEAM AND ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Junior guard Morgan Jones received some big-time recognition on Tuesday morning when she was named to both the All-ACC First Team and the league’s five-player All-Defensive Team.

Jones joins Natasha Howard (2014), Jacinta Monroe (2010) and Brooke Wyckoff (2001) as Seminoles who have made both teams in the same season. However, Jones is the first FSU guard to ever make both All-ACC First Team and All-Defensive Team in the same year.

“The things that have kept me going are my faith and gratitude,” Jones said. “I wanted to make sure I was always playing my role and doing what I can to help the team be successful, and by having faith that the rest would take care of itself. We are grateful to have the opportunity to practice and play together in a year full of uncertainty.

“I am challenged daily to be the best I can be, and I would not have been in this position if it weren’t for my teammates, coaches, and everyone else who sees my potential.”

Since coming to Florida State as a raw freshman in 2018-19, Jones is one of the most dramatically improved Seminoles in recent memory. She is the 15th FSU player to be selected to the All-ACC First Team. Her contributions across the board include ranking 17th in the conference in scoring (13.82ppg), 14th in rebounding (6.53), sixth in field goal percentage (47 percent) and eighth in defensive rebounding (5.63).

Jones finished the regular season as FSU’s leader in scoring, rebounding, field goals made (85), free throws made (63) and attempted (86) and steals (22). The Jonesboro, Ga., native had the signature performance of the ACC when she delivered 36 points on Jan. 21 vs. Clemson, the most by a player in the conference in the last two years.

Recently, Jones had another huge game when she dropped 26 points along with 10 rebounds in FSU’s big win over No. 3 Louisville at home on Feb. 21. Jones drew 11 fouls that game and went 12-of-15 from the charity stripe.

Her three 20+ point games this season leads the Seminoles, along with her three double-doubles recorded against Louisville (26 points, 10 rebounds), North Carolina (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Clemson (36 points, 11 rebounds).

Entering the season, Jones was averaging 5.5 points for her career in 17.9 minutes. She is also shooting 73.3 percent from the free throw line after shooting 52.3 percent through her first two years.

On the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel composed of mostly media members, Jones was named to the All-ACC Second Team. Among the all-conference honorees, only Jones and Georgia Tech’s Lorela Cubaj were named to the ACC Coaches’ First Team and the All-Defensive Team.

The awards for Jones are impressive considering all the extra-curricular activities she is involved in on campus. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is FSU’s Women’s Basketball representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helped form the Black Student Athlete Association and was on the ACC Search Advisory Committee.

Jones and the Seminoles begin ACC Tournament play as the No. 4 seed on Friday despite being picked to finish eighth by the league’s head coaches. FSU will face either No. 5 seed Syracuse, No. 12 Pitt or No. 13 Boston College on Friday in the quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. on the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks.

2020-21 Blue Ribbon Panel Awards
ACC Player of the Year: Dana Evans, Sr., G, Louisville
ACC Freshman of the Year: Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
ACC Coach of the Year: Nell Fortner, Georgia Tech

Blue Ribbon Panel
All-ACC First Team
Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Jr., G Georgia Tech
Dana Evans, Sr., G, Louisville
Elissa Cunane, Jr., C, NC State
Jakia Brown-Turner, So., W, NC State
Maddy Westbeld, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
Elizabeth Kitley, So., C, Virginia Tech
Aisha Sheppard, Sr., G Virginia Tech
Ivana Raca, Sr., F, Wake Forest

All-ACC Second Team
Taylor Soule, Jr., F, Boston College
Delicia Washington, Sr., G, Clemson
Morgan Jones, Jr., G, Florida State
Kayla Jones, Sr., F, NC State
Gina Conti, Sr., G Wake Forest

Honorable Mention
Janelle Bailey, Sr., C, North Carolina
Raina Perez, Gr., G, NC State
Jayla Everett, Jr., G, Pitt
Kiara Lewis, Sr., G, Syracuse
Tiana Mangakahia, Gr., G, Syracuse

2020-21 Head Coaches Awards
ACC Player of the Year: Dana Evans, Sr., G, Louisville
ACC Freshman of the Year: Maddy Westbeld, Fr., F, Notre Dame
ACC Coach of the Year: Wes Moore, NC State
ACC Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech; Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
ACC Co-Sixth Players of the Year: Jada Boyd, So., F, NC State; Emily Engstler, Jr., G/F, Syracuse
ACC Most Improved Player: Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Jr., G, Georgia Tech

Head Coaches Awards
All-ACC First Team
Taylor Soule, Jr., F, Boston College
Morgan Jones, Jr., G, Florida State
Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech
Dana Evans, Sr., G, Louisville
Jakia Brown-Turner, So., W, NC State
Elissa Cunane, Jr., C, NC State
Kayla Jones, Sr., F, NC State
Elizabeth Kitley, So., C, Virginia Tech
Aisha Sheppard, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Ivana Raca, Sr., F, Wake Forest

All-ACC Second Team
Delicia Washington, Sr., G, Clemson
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Jr., G, Georgia Tech
Maddy Westbeld, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse
Gina Conti, Sr., G, Wake Forest

Honorable Mention
Janelle Bailey, Sr., C, North Carolina
Jayla Everett, Jr., G, Pitt
Tiana Mangakahia, Gr., G, Syracuse

All-Defensive Team
Marnelle Garraud, Jr., G, Boston College
Lorela Cubaj, Sr., F, Georgia Tech
Morgan Jones, Jr., G, Florida State
Mykasa Robinson, Jr., G, Louisville
Kamilla Cardoso, Fr., C, Syracuse

All-Freshman Team (Blue Ribbon & Head Coaches are the same)
Gabby Elliott, G, Clemson
Hailey Van Lith, G, Louisville
Olivia Cochran, F, Louisville
Deja Kelly, G, North Carolina
Maddy Westbeld, F, Notre Dame
Kamilla Cardoso, C, Syracuse
Georgia Amoore, G, Virginia Tech
Jewel Spear, G, Wake Forest

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