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Monday, February 20, 2017

Another one: Josh Jackson named Big 12’s top newcomer for 6th time

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) drills home a dunk over Baylor forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) drills home a dunk over Baylor forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

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In what is becoming a regular occurrence, the Big 12 on Monday named Kansas freshman wing Josh Jackson its Newcomer of the Week. It marked Jackson’s sixth such honor this season — a record for first-year Jayhawks.

While averaging 16 points and 6.0 rebounds in KU’s back-to-back wins over top-10 opponents, Jackson put up his team-leading ninth double-double in an overtime victory over West Virginia, with 14 points and 11 rebounds, to go with a career-high five steals.

The 6-foot-8 Detroit native followed that up with 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting and four blocked shots in a Saturday victory at Baylor that gave Kansas a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings with four regular-season games to play.

Jackson's six Newcomer of the Week honors tie him for the third-most in the 21-year history of the Big 12. The nearest Jayhawk with as many Big 12 weekly newcomer nods is guard Tyshawn Taylor's four during the 2008-09 season.

Kansas State's Michael Beasley won the weekly award eight times in 2007-08, and Oklahoma's Willie Warren seven times in 2008-09. Jackson is tied with Texas' Kevin Durant (2006-07) and Iowa State's Marquis Gilstrap (2009-10) with six.

Also a two-time Big 12 Player of the Week, Jackson has earned a conference weekly award eight times this season. That’s more than any other Jayhawk in the history of the conference, surpassing Nick Collison's seven times from 2000-03.

Comments

Craig Alexander 2 years, 2 months ago

Great work Josh. Getting better every week!

Len Shaffer 2 years, 2 months ago

Yep, he just keeps getting better and better. I can't see him having a tournament flameout like some of other touted freshmen have had.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 2 months ago

Love this kid. Love his hustle, his determination and his skills.

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