CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rod Thorn will turn 72 in two months. I bring that up because it puts into perspective where Kevin Jones stands in West Virginia University basketball history.
Let's just say it's taller than his 6 feet, 8 inches.
After his Jones-led team was eliminated in the NCAA Tournament opener in Pittsburgh, West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins did a wrap on the stellar career of the forward, saying, "When you look at the names he's passed (on WVU career lists), it's pretty impressive."
Well, there's another way to gauge what the Mount Vernon, N.Y., native did on the floor for WVU ... and it's not the fact he led one of the nation's best (and definitely the deepest) conferences in scoring and rebounding this season.
Jones was named to the John Wooden and Associated Press All-America teams on Monday. So, it says here that he is the most significantly honored Mountaineer basketball player since senior Rod Thorn in 1962-63 ... and it's an easy call, as you will see if you read on.
That's 49 seasons ago. Huggins has won 710 games now, but he was 9 when Thorn was All-America for the second time.
Jones made the Wooden team (one 10-man squad), was a second team pick by the AP, the coaches (NABC) and by the U.S. Basketball Writers, and made the third team by The Sporting News and Basketball Times.
You have to go back to Thorn for that much national postseason glory. In 1962-63, the Princeton native was a first-teamer by the USBWA, Helms, Converse, Coach & Athlete and a second team pick by the NABC, AP and UPI.
Thorn, the Philadelphia 76ers president Jones passed on the WVU scoring list in February, was an All-America consensus second team selection his senior year (a repeat from his 1961-62 junior season).
Back in Thorn's day, the NCAA used the USBWA, NABC, AP, UPI and Newspaper Enterprise Association teams (for a last time in 19623-63) to determine the consensus picks.
Among those, Thorn was on the USBWA's single 10-man team and was a second team pick by AP, UPI and NABC. He did not make either of the two NEA squads.
Since 1984, the NCAA has awarded to an honored player three points for a first-team selection, two for second team and one point for third team. The five top point-getters are the consensus first team, with the next five on the second team.
These days, the selector teams used - because of their national scope - to figure consensus All-America are the USBWA, NABC, AP and Sporting News selections.
On those four teams, Jones has three seconds and one third (seven points).
That's ninth among the 2011-12 All-Americans, making the Mountaineers' star a consensus second team pick with North Carolina's Tyler Zeller, Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan, Missouri guard Marcus Denmon (8 points each) and Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6).
The consensus first teamers were four unanimous picks - Kentucky's Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson of Kansas, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Draymond Green of Michigan State, and Creighton's Doug McDermott (he was a Sporting News second team pick).