SEC tournament opener against Tennessee. Photos by John Russell (3/10/16)
Honors • 2015-16 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll • 2015-16 All-SEC First Team (Coaches) • 2015-16 All-SEC Second Team (AP) • 2014-15 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll • 2014-15 All-SEC First Team • 2014-15 All-SEC Defensive Team • 2014-15 Kareem Abdul Jabbar Award Finalist • 2013-14 SEC All-Freshman Team
General: Named to All-SEC First Team as a junior, as well as the All-SEC First Team and the All-Defensive Team as a sophomore...Became 44th player in Vanderbilt history to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier with 13-point performance vs. Western Michigan.Ended his junior year with a cumulative 1,313 points, and is 24th on VU’s all-time list...Second on career blocks list with 167, and his 1.69 blocks per game career mark is the second-best in program history and his 54 blocks in 2015-16 is fifth all-time on VU’s single-season block list...Third on VU’s all-time list in field-goal percentage in a career at 56.6%...Chose the Commodores over LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Duke, Syracuse, Kansas, Stanford, Florida, and Alabama.
2015-16 (Junior): Started all 33 games this season, averaged 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game...Named First-Team All-SEC member by league coaches and a second-team member by the Associated Press...Scored in double figures in 26 games and posted seven double-doubles...Named SEC Player of the Week on Feb. 29 after averaging 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in two wins over Florida and Kentucky...Scored a career-high 27 points at Florida...Also tied a career high in field goals made with 12 (12-13) - set a new FG% single-game record with at least 10 FGs made (92.3%)...His 16 rebounds vs. Georgia was the most by a VU player since Lance Goulbourne’s 16 rebounds at Marquette on December 29, 2011...Grabbed 15 rebounds at Arkansas...Scored then career-high 26 points on a career-best 12 field goals at Texas; Tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds in win over Florida in Nashville...Became 44th player in Vanderbilt history to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier with 13-point performance vs. Western Michigan...Ended his junior year with a cumulative 1,313 points, and is 24th on VU’s all-time list...Second on career blocks list with 167, and his 1.69 blocks per game career mark is the second-best in program history...His 54 blocks in 2015-16 is fifth all-time on VU’s single-season block list...Third on VU’s all-time list in field-goal percentage in a career at 56.6%...Scored 24 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds at Arkansas, his 10th double-double of his career...Tallied two double-doubles in Maui, both 17 point and 10 rebound performances vs. Wake Forest and Kansas.
2014-15 (Sophomore): Played in 35 games and started 34...Averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game...Finished with 506 points in 2014-15, second on Vanderbilt's all-time single season sophomore list..Voted a first-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches...Led SEC in field goal percentage (56.2%), finished 10th in scoring, and third in blocks...Posted double-figure points in 28 games and had two double-doubles...Double-doubles came against Trevecca in the season opener, when he scored a career high 24 points and 12 rebounds, and against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament, when he tallied 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds...Had a season-high six blocks in win over Missouri...His 70 blocks on the season is the fourth-best in school history, and his 2.0 block average ties for fourth on the single-season list...Made a career-high 10 field goals in season opener against Trevecca and in the NIT First Round at Saint Mary's.
2013-14 (Freshman): Played in all 31 games and started 28...Averaged 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game...Named to the SEC's All-Freshman Team...Scored in double-figures in 20 games, and scored a career-high 19 points on two occasions (Georgia State (11/12); at Missouri (2/19))...Posted five double-doubles for the year...Won SEC Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in games against Missouri and Auburn...Grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against Texas A&M (2/15)...Attempted a career-high 10 free throws vs. Ole Miss (1/22) and at Auburn (2/22)...Played a career-high 41 minutes against Texas A&M (2/15)...Blocked a career-high seven blocks at South Carolina (2/13), which also tied a school record for blocks in a game held by Will Perdue (vs. East Carolina, 12/28/87) and Festus Ezeli (at Georgia, 2/16/11)...Scored 16 points at Alabama (1/7) in SEC opener and his first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Kentucky (1/11).
High School: Averaged 15.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, and 2.0 assists in his senior season at Scotlandville Magnet...His Scotlandville teams won back-to-back state championships in his junior and senior seasons, and he was named Louisiana's 5A Player of the Year as a senior...Scotlandville also captured four district championships...Was a member of the A Honor Roll.
Personal: Damian William Jones...June 30, 1995...Son of David and Dana Jones...Has two brothers, Darian (15) and Darryl (13)...Majoring in engineering science...Recipient of the Sam Hosbach Men's Basketball Scholarship...Advice to youngsters: "Do your best in what you put most of your interest in."
Career Highs Points:27, at Florida (2/23/16) FG Made:12, 2x, last at Florida (2/23/16) FG Atts:20, at Texas (1/30/16) 3FG Made: 1, vs. Rutgers (11/28/14) 3FG Atts: 1, 5x, last vs. Georgia (2/20/16) FT Made: 9, 2x, last vs. Yale (1/3/15) FT Atts: 13, 2x, last at Miss. St. (1/17/15) Rebounds: 16, vs. Georgia (2/20/16) Assists: 6, at Baylor (12/6/15) Turnovers: 6, 2x, last at Baylor (12/6/15) Blocks: 7, at S. Carolina (2/13/14) Steals: 2, at Kentucky (1/20/15) Minutes: 41, vs. Texas A&M (2/15/14)