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DeJuan Jones

School

Michigan State University

Position
Forward
Major
Education

Classroom

DeJuan Jones earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in both 2017 and 2016.

Character

Jones is a player who stayed in the state of Michigan for his family. His niece lost her father as an infant, so he wanted to stay at MSU to help his sister with the baby. He has been a great teammate as well both on the field and off. He is quiet leader working with the 10 new players on the 2018 team and is a model of leading by example.

Community

Jones has participated in the following community service events and initiatives: Girls on the Run 5k (2016); development team Spartan Fund (2016-2018); Athletes For Hope (2016-2018); school visits; SAAC Student Athlete Food Drive (2017, 2018) and Random Acts of Kindness Week (2018).

In 2017, he was the Keynote Speaker at Shabazz Academy. He also did mission work with Athletes in Action in South Africa in 2016 and in Chicago in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Competition

As of nomination time this season, Jones had scored one goal in four games and started all four games.

In 2017, Jones earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. After coming off the bench in five games, he started the last 15. Jones was second on the team in scoring with seven goals and six assists for 20 points and second on the team with three game-winning goals. Against SLU he earned his first assist of the season and scored the game-winning goal against Dartmouth. Jones registered two shots against CSU on Sept. 4 and earned B1G Offensive Player of the Week honors as well as College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors after scoring two goals against Rutgers on Sept. 8. On Dec. 1, he converted a penalty kick in the Elite Eight against Indiana as the Hoosiers advanced 3-2 on PKs.

In 2016, Jones came in off the bench in 14 games and was second on the team with two goals and two assists for six points. He played 42 minutes against Oral Roberts (Aug. 28) and Columbia (Sept. 5) and scored the game-winning goal against Columbia, while also adding an assist.