HILLSBORO, Ore. – Cedric Jacobs-Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) is an integral piece of the nationally 4th-ranked Blues men's basketball team. Having started all 13 contests for the Blues so far this season, the senior has recorded 109 points, 47 rebounds and 11 assists to help guide the Blues to a current overall record of 12-1.
"The Whitman men's basketball team has giving me everything," says Jacobs-Jones, "from countless support with personal goals as well as providing me with the best basketball experience I could ask for." The Blues have advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 or further in his last three seasons on the team.
Jacobs-Jones notes Whitman's 2017 Northwest Conference Championship title and advancing to the NCAA Final Four in the same year as two key highlights in his collegiate career. "That whole experience was something I will never forget," he says.
Aside from athletics and academics, Jacobs-Jones also volunteers for a local youth mentor program. "I am a member of the Friends of Walla Walla, where we mentor local kids during their lunch time at school. We spend 45 minutes there every Friday and hangout with our buddies at lunch and recess," he says. The program focuses on providing role models for young students at high need schools.
The senior says Division III allows him to participate in both basketball and academics at a high level of intensity. "Being a Division III athlete means to me that I am committed in my studies and able to get the best education I can while still being able to play at a high level. At the Division III level I feel that is the most attainable."
Jacobs-Jones notes time management and communication as important skills that he has learned while at Whitman. "[These] skills at a rigorous school like Whitman are key and have been at the forefront of what I have taken away because we have many things outside of basketball that we are doing, and being able to manage our time and communicate with our coaches on what our schedules are is very important."
"Since coming to Whitman my biggest mentor has been Coach Bridgeland and his leadership" says Jacobs-Jones. "How he conducts himself with people day in and day out has truly been inspiring." Under Head Coach Eric Bridgeland, the Blues have made six NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, three Elite 8 appearances, one Final Four appearance, and in 2017 he guided the team to their first outright Northwest Conference Championship title since 1981.
The Blues will travel to Oregon to face conference opponents George Fox and Linfield this weekend.
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