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BV's Jones named MVP; Van Haaften is coach of the year

Thursday, February 28, 2002

MOUNT VERNON - The Iowa Conference announced that Buena Vista's Adam Jones has been selected men's basketball Most Valuable Player and Buena Vista coach Brian Van Haaften has been chosen men's basketball Coach of the Year.

Jones, who won the Most Valuable Player Award two years ago, guided Buena Vista to its third conference title in the past six seasons. In 18 conference games, he led the league in scoring with a 20.9 point average. The senior guard from Jefferson also led the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.7 percent and 3-point field goals with 57.

Jones, who averaged 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, has ranked among the national leaders in scoring, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals made per game throughout the season.

Last week, he was named as a finalist for the Jostens Trophy, presented annually to the Division III men's basketball Player of the Year and was also named to the Verizon Academic All-District VII third team.

Entering the NCAA Tournament, Jones ranks second on the BVU all-time scoring list with 1,821 career points, 154 points shy of the top spot. He is the school's all-time leader in 3-point shots made with 268, ranks fifth in career 3-point field goal percentage at 40.8 percent, and eighth on the career rebounding list with 468.

Van Haaften, a three-time IIAC Coach of the Year, led the Beavers to a 16-2 conference mark and a 23-5 overall record.

In his sixth season, Van Haaften has a 123-38 overall record and a 101-23 record against conference opponents. His .764 winning percentage ranks near the top among active Division III head coaches with at least five years experience.

This year's title was Buena Vista's third under Van Haaften's leadership to go along with two runner-up finishes and a fourth-place finish during his six-year tenure.

The Iowa Conference also announced its all-conference team. The 14-member team includes players from eight of the conference's 10 schools led by Buena Vista with three.

Coe, Cornell, Simpson and Wartburg each have two all-conference players. Five of the six underclassmen on the team earned all-conference recognition this season.

Joining Jones on the first team were Robby Beyer and Scott Weber of Buena Vista, Luke Feddersen of Cornell, Jesse Harris of Simpson, Mike Pipho of Wartburg, Josh Stanek of Coe and Travis Williams of Loras.

Beyer, a junior center, averaged 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds a game for the Beavers while shooting 68.4 percent.

Weber, a sophomore forward, averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds a game while shooting 55.7 percent from the field.

Chosen to the second team were Jon Allmond of Cornell, Tim Brand of Central, Jeremy Holmes of Buena Vista, Jake Olsen of Wartburg, Bruce Sain of Coe, Deodrick Sanders of Upper Iowa and Dirk Walker of Simpson.

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