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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Josh Jackson named Big 12 player of the week

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) dunks against UNLV during the first half, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) dunks against UNLV during the first half, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has added a new accolade to his growing list.

The 6-foot-8 guard from Detroit, who ranks second on the team in scoring through the first 12 games of the 2016-17 season, on Tuesday was named the Big 12 player of the week for his role in helping the Jayhawks roll over UNLV in Las Vegas last Thursday night.

Jackson scored 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting and added nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Already a two-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honoree this season, Jackson is the first Jayhawk to be selected as both player and newcomer of the week in the same season since Ben McLemore in 2012-13.

Jackson joins senior guard Frank Mason III in receiving Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season. Mason already has earned the accolade twice (Nov. 16 and Dec. 12).

Jackson leads all Big 12 freshmen with 15.6 points per game so far and has led KU in scoring in each of the last two games and three times overall this season. Jackson's 6.5 rebounds per game average is first on the KU team and ninth in the Big 12.

No. 3 Kansas (11-1) on Friday will travel to TCU (11-1) in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Comments

Kent Richardson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

How do you guard him? Can blow past PF's and Centers. As quick and bigger than 3 guards and creates off his defense. I'm guessing try to get rough which fires him up. If he can make FT's he will POY this conference.

Barry Weiss 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It had to be a close vote between him and Svi! Both had outstanding games.

Harlan Hobbs 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Svi did indeed have an outstanding game at UNLV. Being there, I was able to watch him move without the ball, and he has improved greatly. He no longer is just a "spot up" shooter. If he keeps up that level of play, he will be a huge force.

You are right, Kent. About the only strategy that seems to have worked sometimes is to get Josh riled up. Am sure that Coach Self and the staff have been alerting him to this and that he will be an effective learner. You just know that Huggie Bear and Drew will tell his players to get physical with him.

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