Radford’s Carlik Jones, Mike Jones named Player, Coach of Year in Big South

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Highlighted by Carlik Jones’ Player of the Year award, the Radford men’s basketball team tallied five Big South Conference postseason honors, announced Monday evening.

Among Jones’ Big South Player of the Year award is his First Team All-Big South honor. Also, on the first team list is senior Travis Fields, Jr., while head coach Mike Jones was named Big South Coach of the Year. Chyree Walker was the team’s representative on the All-Academic Team.

Carlik Jones has been the go-to guy for Radford all year long. The redshirt junior garnered the program’s fourth Player of the Year and becomes just the third player to earn the honor. He’s the first player to earn the honor since Art Parakhouski in 2009-10. It’s the second time in his career Carlik Jones has earned first team honors.

The Big South First-Teamer has accumulated 16 20-point games, and two of those included 30-point outings. He ranks inside the nation’s top 40 with over 19 points per game. Carlik Jones became the 32nd player at Radford to record 1,000 points and is now 8th in program history at 1,498 points. He’s tallied four double-doubles and has been Big South Player of the Week a conference-high five times this season. Jones became the 7th player in conference history to reach 1,000+ points and 400+ rebounds and assists.

Fields Jr., has been a key contributor for the Highlanders this season as well. He’s 16th in league with 12.7 points per game and 8th in assists. The senior is averaging more than two 3-pointers per outing and is shooting just under 43 percent from beyond the arc. He notched double-digit points in 21 of the 30 games this season. The Portsmouth, Va., native leads the team with 60 3-pointers this season and is second on the team with 31.9 minutes per game.

Mike Jones was named Big South Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons. He coached the team to a 20-win season for the third consecutive time, the most in program history. Along with the 20-win season was a 15-win Big South slate that tied a program record. The 15 conference wins were also the most in Jones’ tenure at Radford.

With a better than 3.0 GPA in Media Studies, Walker was slated as an All-Academic Team member. He has contributed 11.1 minutes off the bench and has appeared in 20 games this season. He notched a season-high 10 points at Mississippi State on Dec. 18.

The Highlanders’ road to the championship begins Thursday at 6 p.m., inside the Dedmon Center. Radford will face the winner of the No. 8 Charleston Southern and No. 9 Presbyterian matchup in quarterfinal action. Click HERE to purchase tickets to the Big South Tournament.

First-Team All-Conference
Carlik Jones, G, R-Jr., Radford
Jermaine Marrow, G, Sr., Hampton
Ben Stanley, F, R-Soph., Hampton
Phlandrous Fleming Jr., G/F, Jr., Charleston Southern
Travis Fields, Jr., G, Sr., Radford

Second-Team All-Conference
DeVon Baker, G, Soph., UNC Asheville
Nate Johnson, G, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
Chandler Vaudrin, G, R-Jr., Winthrop
DJ Burns Jr., C, R-Fr., Winthrop
Eric Jamison Jr., G, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb

Honorable Mention All-Conference
Hunter Hale, G, Gr., Winthrop
LJ Thorpe, F., Jr., UNC Asheville
Cory Hightower, F, Soph., Presbyterian
Jaheam Cornwall, G, Jr., Gardner-Webb
John-Michael Wright, G, Fr., High Point

All-Freshman Team
DJ Burns Jr., C, Winthrop
John-Michael Wright, G, High Point
Tommy Bruner, G, USC Upstate
Kareem Reid, F, Gardner-Webb
Travis Anderson, G, Charleston Southern

All-Academic Team
Cory Gensler, G, Sr., Campbell
Eric Jamison Jr., F, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
Caden Sanchez, F, R-Soph., High Point
Sean Flood, G, Sr., Longwood
JC Younger, G, Sr., Presbyterian College
Chyree Walker, F, R-Soph., Radford
Jax Levitch, F, R-Jr., UNC Asheville
Nevin Zink, C, Soph., USC Upstate
Kyle Zunic, F, Jr., Winthrop

Player of the Year
Carlik Jones, G, R-Jr., Radford

Freshman of the Year
DJ Burns Jr., C, R-Fr., Winthrop

Defensive Player of the Year
Phlandrous Fleming Jr., G/F, Jr., Charleston Southern

Coach of the Year
Mike Jones, Radford

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Cory Gensler, G, Sr., Campbell