ATLANTA -- Shortstop Justin Jones is a first-team selection to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team, announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming Georgia State's first three-time Academic All-America® in any sport.
The senior from Warner Robins, Ga., caps his career with first-team honors after earning third-team recognition in 2016 and the second-team accolades in 2017.
Jones maintains a 4.11 grade point average while majoring in health and physical education.
A four-year starter at shortstop and one of the most prolific and highly decorated players in Georgia State history, he finished with a career batting average of .293 with 105 runs batted in and 138 runs scored and is one of just 12 players in GSU history with 200 career hits, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored. Jones is the Panthers' career leader in sacrifice bunts (37) and fielding assists (608) while ranking sixth in GSU history in career hits (234), fifth in runs scored (138), tied for sixth in doubles (45), sixth in walks (90), second in hit by pitch (33), tied for fifth in games (214) and third in at-bats (803).
As a senior, Jones hit a career-best .302 with six homers and 14 doubles and was second on the team with 28 RBI.
"Our entire organization is so proud of Justin for everything that he has accomplished, on and off the field," head coach Greg Frady said. "From the moment he stepped on campus, he has been a model of consistency and a great leader in every way. What an amazing representative for Georgia State University and our baseball organization."
Jones is Georgia State's fourth Google Cloud Academic All-America® selection this academic year, along with Chandon Sullivan (football, first team), Ivie Drake (softball, first team) and Brenna Skalski (softball, second team).
Georgia State student-athletes have garnered a total of 24 Academic All-America® awards since 1988, including 11 since 2015. Six of those awards are from the baseball program, with Scott Sarratt (2013) and Joey Roach (2015 and 2016) joining Jones.