Kent Named Coach of the Year Finalist

Feb. 20, 2002

ATLANTA, Ga. - Oregon men's basketball coach Ernie Kent has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2002 Naismith College Basketball Coach of the Year, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club Jackie Bradford announced Wednesday.

Kent, who has guided the 15th-ranked Ducks to an 18-7 record this season and has his team tied for first in the Pac-10 at 10-4, is in his fifth season at Oregon and has the Ducks on track for their third postseason bid in the last four years. His overall record is 176-136 in 11 years and he is 86-56 at Oregon. The Naismith College Coach of the Year will be announced April 5 in Atlanta.

Duck seniors Frederick Jones and Chris Christoffersen have been invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is one of only two pre-NBA Draft camps that will be held this season (Chicago is the other, the Phoenix camp was dropped for this year). Jones and Christoffersen will join 62 other seniors in Portsmouth, Va., for the April 3-6 tournament.

Jones, a guard from Gresham, Ore., leads Oregon at 18.0 points per game and averages 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He currently ranks in the Oregon career top 10 in eight different categories, including points where he is eighth with 1,445, and assists where he is third with 335.

Christoffersen, a 7-2 senior from Roenne, Denmark, has started every contest this season and is averaging 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He is currently seventh in career blocked shots with 56.

Jones has also been invited to participate in the ESPN Slam Dunk contest, that will be held in conjunction with the Final Four, March 30-April 1 in Atlanta, provided the Ducks are not playing in the Final Four. Also at the Final Four, Jones has been invited to join a team of college all-stars, coached by Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, who will play an exhibition game against the Harlem Globe Trotters.

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