Duquesne's Jackson is A-10 Player of the Week
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne senior guard Aaron Jackson (Hartford, Conn./Worcester (Mass.) Academy) earned Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors for a school record fourth time this season and freshman guard Eric Evans (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern) was named A-10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time following wins at La Salle and at Massachusetts this past week.
With the honor, Jackson ties Bruce Atkins (1979-82) for most career Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors with six. He also surpasses Mark Stevenson (three times in 1990) for most POW honors in a single season. Evans is the fifth player in school history to earn Rookie of the Week honors four or more times.
Jackson, who averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 assists and shot .630 (17-of-27) in the two wins, shares this week's honor with George Washington's Damian Hollis.
Jackson had 25 points and eight assists at La Salle and followed that with 17 points and nine assists in helping the Dukes to their first win at UMass since 1989. The 6-4 Hartford, Conn. native directly figured in 50.8 percent of Duquesne's 67 field goals in the two games (Jackson had 17 field goals and 17 assists). Jackson enters this afternoon's game vs. Rhode Island tied with former teammate Kieron Achara (2004-08) for 19th on Duquesne's all-time leading scorers' list with 1,240 points.
Evans averaged 12.5 points and shot .500 from the field (5-of-8 from 3-point) in the two games. He had 11 points and three assists at La Salle and followed that by hitting a season-high four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points in the victory at UMass. With the honor, Evans joins Robert Mitchell (5 times in 2007), Kevin Price (4 times in 1995), Tom Pipkins (4 times in 1994) and Tony Petrarca (4 times in 1987) as the only players in DU history to earn ROW honors four or more times.
Jackson, who has never missed a game in his DU career (112 in a row), joins lofty company with Atkins who was a two-time first team all-conference performer while competing in an eight-team Eastern Eight. Jackson, leads the Dukes in scoring (18.0 ppg.), and assists (5.7 apg.), competes in a 14-team league.
Duquesne (17-9, 8-5) - which has the school's best record since 1980-81 - hosts Rhode Island this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.