March 30, 2006
SEATTLE - University of Washington senior Bobby Jones will have one more opportunity to take the floor as a collegiate basketball player. On Friday, March 31, the 6-foot-7 forward from Compton, Calif. will play in the NABC College All-Star Game.
The NABC All Stars will face the famous Harlem Globetrotters at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the host city for this year's Final Four. The game will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by ESPNU beginning at 8 p.m. Pacific Time. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4:30 p.m. PST.
Jones concluded his stellar UW career by averaging 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in his senior season. He helped the Huskies to a 26-7 record and their second straight Sweet 16 appearance.
Coach Lorenzo Romar's first UW recruit, Jones completed his career ranked 20th among the school's all-time scorers with 1,226 career points. His 134 career steals placed him fourth among all-time Huskies.
During three NCAA Tournament games this season, Jones scored 29 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.
Last summer, Jones played for the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.
Friday's contest will be the seventh edition of the series pitting the world's favorite basketball team against the best collegiate talent in a competitive game of basketball. It will be the game's second visit to Indianapolis after the inaugural game was played there in 2000, highlighted by a buzzer-beating layup by the Globetrotters to post an 82-80 victory in 2000. Overall, the Globetrotters have posted a 4-2 record in the series.
"Our players are excited to put their skills to the test against the best that college basketball offers," said Globetrotters Chairman & CEO, Mannie Jackson. "The fact that the game will be televised nation-wide on ESPNU only fuels their desire to play a great game and demonstrate the Globetrotters' standing as one of the world's top teams."
Chosen by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the College All-Star Team has in the past included several future NBA first-round draft picks. The series has proven popular with fans, playing before near-capacity crowds every year.