Justin Jackson has been applauded by the American conference for his great play this week, earning the designation of American Player of the Week. Jackson put up 16-12-4 blocks-4 steals against Middle Tennessee State and 12-9-2 blocks against Pittsburgh. It's the first time he's ever been honored. Congratulations to Justin Jackson.
Here is the full release from the American.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league's weekly men's basketball honors for the week-ending Dec. 23.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Justin Jackson • Sr. • F • Cincinnati
Jackson averaged a double-double to help Cincinnati to a 2-0 week as the Bearcats defeated Pittsburgh (44-43) and Middle Tennessee (69-48). He averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals in the two wins and shot 81.3 percent from the field (13-of-16). Jackson scored a game-high 12 points with nine rebounds and three assists against the previously unbeaten Panthers in the Jimmy V Classic and had 16 points with 12 rebounds, four blocks and four steals in the win against the Blue Raiders. Jackson is averaging 10.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks for the Bearcats this season.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Chris Perry • Fr. • F • USF
Perry averaged 9.0 points and 8.7 rebounds to help USF to two wins in three games last week. He scored 10 points with nine rebounds in a 68-66 double-overtime win against Florida Gulf Coast and had 14 points with nine boards in a 71-66 loss to Mississippi State.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Shabazz Napier • Sr. • G • UConn
Averaged 16.0 points and 4.5 assists in a 1-1 week against Stanford and Washington.
Russ Smith • Sr. • G • Louisville
Averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 assists in a 2-0 week. Scored 18 points in an 85-56 win at Florida International.
Joe Jackson • Sr. • G • Memphis
Averaged 16.5 points and 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals in a 1-1 week.
Victor Rudd • Sr. • F • USF
Averaged 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in a 2-1 week.
Markus Kennedy • So. • F • SMU
Averaged 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week.