By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
N.C. A&T Baseball Standout Jones To Return To Aggies in 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina A&T Aggie baseball star Jeremy Jones, who was drafted in the 25th round of the June 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies, has decided to return to North Carolina A&T for the 2006-2007 school year and play the 2007 baseball season in an Aggies uniform.
Jones was selected in the 2006 MLB Draft despite sitting out nearly all of the 2006 season with a broken hand. Jones said he and his parents made the tough decision to return to college after spending the last two months weighing all of their options.
The two major factors in his decision to attend N.C. A&T in the fall were finishing his undergraduate degree in fitness and wellness, and ending his collegiate career in a more positive manner.
“I felt like I owed the team another year,’’ said Jones. “It didn’t feel right leaving A&T now, it didn’t feel right leaving A&T after coming off of an injury. Coming back for another year gives me an opportunity to work with (head baseball coach Keith) Shumate on various aspects of my game.”
Jones will enter the 2007 season as a junior on the baseball diamond a senior in the classroom because he will likely be awarded a medical redshirt for the 2006 season. Jones can re-enter the MLB Draft in 2007, and will be available to any franchise.
Before the start of the 2006 season, Jones was added to the Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year watch list. The National College Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball named Jones a preseason third-team All-American.
But Jones had only two official at-bats in 2006 after injuring his wrist while taking batting practice.
He was trying to follow up a 2005 season in which he earned MEAC Player of the Year honors, batted .402, broke at the time the school record for hits in a season (82), led the Aggies to the MEAC Championship and helped the school earn its first-ever bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
Jones has career batting average of .368, a .528 slugging percentage, with 73 RBI, nine home runs, 28 doubles in 104 games played.