April 27 – INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Following a season in which he was one of the most consistent scorers in all of Division III, Hiram men's basketball standout Kelvin Jones can add an additional recognition to his list of accomplishments. The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced the Jones has earned the statistical championship for field goal percentage during the 2016-17 campaign.
Jones earned the statistical championship from the NCAA by posting the best shooting season of any player in Hiram history. Not only did Jones break the single-season mark, originally held by John Lampe during the 1991-92 season (.621), but he did so by 70 points (.691).
Jones' record not only set the Terrier single-season mark, but came just .05 from matching the NCAC record currently held by Wooster's Matt Schlingman in 2004-05 (.696).
"Kelvin is a very coachable young man that has had early success in our program," commented head coach Chris Kibler. "It is rare to get a four-year starter at the collegiate level, but the early success has really pushed Kelvin to reach his full potential.
"Jones constantly works on his abilities in the offseason and has really changed both his body and the way that he plays the game."
Throughout his record-breaking season, Jones was a symbol of consistent play, shooting under 50 percent just three times in 26 games. 14 times on the year, the Terrier big man shot over .700, including going perfect from the field, twice, during the campaign.
His first perfect shooting night came on January 11 against Ohio Wesleyan as he broke the school's single-game percentage record by converting on a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor. The record shattered the previous mark held by Tony Bolden against Allegheny College (.929) which had stood for 40 years.
Jones' other perfect shooting night came on February 4 in a conference matchup with DePauw. Additionally, he shot over 80% four more times, including a NCAC matchup at Denison.
The junior was once named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week on November 29, as part of an early-season hot streak. In non-conference matchups with Geneva and La Roche, Jones averaged 29.5 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 21-26 from the field (.807).
The early portion of the year was one for the ages for Jones, who posted five-straight double-doubles, and six in seven games, all while shooting over 80% from the field. He would go on to rank in the top 30 in the country in double-doubles, as well as being the only player in the NCAC to average over 10 points and 10 rebounds per night.
By the end of the season, Jones had cemented himself as both the conference's, and Nation's, top scoring threat. He finished the year 72 points ahead of the second-place player in the NCAC (Wooster's Dan Fanelly shot .619), and 31 points higher than the next best in all of Division III (Jon Anderson of Cornell College finished with a .660).
Despite the gaudy shooting numbers, Jones was much more than just a scorer. In addition to ranking in the top five in points per game, he also led the NCAC in rebounds per night (11.0) and tied for second in blocked shots per game.
With the accolade, both Jones and the college will receive plaques commemorating the accomplishment.
"Kelvin has become one of, if not, the best big man in the NCAC," remarked Kibler. "In my opinion, he is one of the elite centers in the country, and his field goal percentage mark reflects that.
"I'm not at all surprised by his accomplishments on the floor, but I continue to be impressed by them. I have enjoyed watching Kelvin attack the lofty goals that he has set for himself both as a basketball player, and a student."