CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati senior forward Justin Jackson (Cocoa Beach, Fla./Arlington Country Day) has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.
Jackson averaged a double-double with 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 81.3 percent from the floor (13 of 16) to go with 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals last week in helping lead Cincinnati to a pair of wins.
Jackson posted a game-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with nine rebounds and three assists in the Bearcats’ 44-43 win over Pittsburgh in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 17. He followed that performance with 16 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds to go with four blocks and four steals against Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
Jackson is averaging a career-best 10.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks while shooting 53.8 percent from the field (49 of 91) this season. He has recorded three double-doubles on the year.
Entering Monday’s game against Chicago State, Jackson has 152 blocks and needs two more to pass Donald Little (153 from 1999-2002) for fourth most in school history. He entered last week ranked 22nd in the nation with 3.0 blocks per game.
Jackson is the first Bearcat to earn player of the week accolades this season. Jackson was named to the league’s honor roll on Nov. 25 after posting a career-high 19 points and nine rebounds against Campbell on Nov. 20. Teammates and fellow captains senior forward Titus Rubles (Nov. 18) and senior Sean Kilpatrick (three times on Nov. 11, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9) also have earned league honor roll distinction.