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Small College Basketball and the National Hall of Fame Committee have announced that Benedictine College basketball legend Darryl Jones ’68 is part of the National Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022. This year’s class is made up of some of the greatest coaches, players and contributors to small college basketball. The 2022 Class includes Jones and 11 others. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, November 4, inside the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida. The event is free and open to the public.
Small College Basketball and its Hall of Fame, events, awards, and the website pay tribute to, honor and promote college basketball players, coaches, contributors and alumni within the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA levels. Combined, these levels of college basketball account for nearly 1,200 college and university programs throughout the United States.
A four-time NAIA all-American, Jones finished his collegiate career in 1968 as his school’s all-time leader in rebounds, assists, and games played. He also was second all-time in points scored. He finished his career with 2,014 points and 1,471 rebounds and holds the top three single-season rebounding records at Benedictine (15.1 per game in 1966-67; 13.2 per game in 1967-68 and 12.4 per game in 1964-65), while his 16 assists in a single game is tied for the school record and his 5.6 assists per game are the seventh highest in school history.
Jones was a key member of the college’s (then known as St. Benedict’s College) 1967 NAIA National Championship team and averaged 12.4 rebounds for five games. He was dominant in the title drive. He scored 25 points and had nine assists vs. St. Mary’s (TX) in the quarterfinals. He then grabbed 20 rebounds in the semifinal win against Morris Harvey and finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists in the Ravens’ 71-65 title win vs. Oklahoma Baptist.
Jones is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame (1982), the Benedictine College Athletic Hall of Fame (1988), and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (2018).
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.