Monday, February 27, 2017

Josh Jackson picks up 7th Big 12 Newcomer of Week award

KU freshman now has 2nd-most newcomer awards in league history

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) shoots over Texas forward Jarrett Allen (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) shoots over Texas forward Jarrett Allen (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas.


For the second consecutive week and seventh time during his outstanding freshman season, Kansas swingman Josh Jackson has picked up a Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award.

As the Jayhawks (26-3 overall, 14-2 Big 12) wrapped up the program’s 13th straight league title, Jackson averaged 16.5 points a game this past week, in victories over TCU and Texas. The 6-foot-8 Detroit native averaged 8.0 boards and 4.5 assists, as well, while turning the ball over just three times in two KU wins.

Jackson's seven Newcomer of the Week honors tie him for the second-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. Jackson is now tied with Oklahoma's Willie Warren, who won it seven times in 2008-09. Jackson surpassed Texas' Kevin Durant (2006-07) and Iowa State's Marquis Gilstrap (2009-10), both of whom earned the distinction on six occasions.

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

HIs nine conference recognitions rank third all-time, in the history of the Big 12. Beasley is the Big 12’s all-time leader, with 11 total, while Durant ranks second, with 10.

Jackson enters the final week of the regular season averaging 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 50.1-percent from the floor.

Kansas plays host to Oklahoma Monday night in this season’s Allen Fieldhouse finale.


Jonathan Allison 2 years, 5 months ago

He can add one more this week.

What an exceptional player. When Beas and KD had their runs they were both undeniably the best player on their respective teams. Maybe I'm seeing this through crimson and blue stained glass windows, but Jackson's accomplishments are impressive because he is a player who is at best Frank Mason's co-star.

In the movie version, Frank's actor would be the leading man, and Josh's would win best supporting actor.

Also, and I will probably post this again after the new polls come out. But the ESPN BPI is really messed up, it must place too much emphasis on margin or victory or something....

Tim Orel 2 years, 5 months ago

Kansas is 2-1 against the teams above them in that BPI (they played WV twice). I'd take Kansas to win against all comers - bring 'em on!

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 5 months ago

RPI seems to be a little more realistic:

In the BPI, unranked Virginia with 9 losses is ahead of us.

Looking at the Player of the Week in the BIG 12, it looks like Frank Mason might win National Player of the Year but not BIG 12 Player of the Year.

The last time Mason won BIG 12 Player of the Week was December 12, 2016. What are they thinking?

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 5 months ago

thanks for the link, I was wondering about Big XII honors for Frank Mason this season. I'm shocked that he hasn't won player of the week since December 12.

He has been the most consistent player in the conference and likely had fewing truly outstanding performances than players like Motley and Evans. Sort of the guage of how Kansas' season has gone as well. Very few blowout victories, but even fewer losses.

Mike Riches 2 years, 5 months ago

Who votes on these awards? Coaches? Media? The Big XII front office?

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