Tigers Have Two Guards Named To Award List

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Memphis, TN-University of Memphis seniors Michael Dixon Jr. and Joe Jackson both have been named to the 2014 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball.

Dixon Jr. and Jackson also were Bob Cousy Award candidates in 2011-12. Two former Tigers guards Antonio Burks and Derrick Rose were Cousy Award finalists in 2004 and 2008, respectively.

The Tigers guards are two of 45 preseason candidates on the Bob Cousy Award Watch List. Dixon Jr. and Jackson also are two of four guards from the American Athletic Conference on the Cousy Watch List, as Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier and Louisville’s Chris Jones are the other two.

Memphis is one of two schools with two guards on the Cousy Award Watch List. Harvard is the other school with two preseason candidates.

Dixon Jr., a transfer from the University of Missouri, is playing his final collegiate season as a Memphis Tiger in 2013-14. In his last season of action in 2011-12, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound guard was named the Big 12 Conference Sixth Man of the Year in helping lead Missouri to a 30-5 overall record and the Big 12 Conference Tournament championship. Dixon also was named to the 2011-12 All-Big 12 Conference second team and the league’s All-Defensive squad.

The Kansas City, Mo., native averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists in 2011-12. He has scored 1,057 career points and is the No. 38 scorer on Missouri’s all-time scoring chart. His 85.4 career free throw percentage is a program record.

Jackson, a unanimous pick to the 2013-14 preseason All-American Athletic Conference first team, was the 2012-13 Conference USA Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1, 174-pound guard also earned All-C-USA first team, USBWA All-District IV and NABC All-District 11 first team honors last season.

A Memphis, Tenn., native, Jackson led the Tigers with a 13.6 scoring average and 173 assists in 2012-13. He enters the 2013-14 season with 1,209 points and 413 assists for his career. His 1,209 points are No. 24 on the Memphis all-time scoring chart, and his 413 assists are No. 8 on the Tigers career assists list.