Tigers Guard Named To Wooden List
Los Angeles, CA–For the second time in his career, University of Memphis’ Joe Jackson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s Preseason Top-50, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Tuesday. It is the third-consecutive season a Tiger has been on the Wooden Award’s preseason list, as Jackson and Will Barton were 2011-12 candidates and Adonis Thomas a 2012-13 nominee.
In October, Jackson was a unanimous selection to the 2013-14 preseason All-American Athletic Conference first team and a 2013-14 Bob Cousy Award Watch List nominee.
Jackson is one of five players from the American Athletic Conference among the Wooden Award’s Top-50. Joining Jackson on the Wooden Award preseason list were Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell and Russ Smith, Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick and Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier.
Last season, Jackson 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 in 2012-13.
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.
Memphis (0-0), ranked No. 13 in the first regular-season polls released Nov. 11, hosts its season and home opener Thursday, Nov. 14 when it welcomes Austin Peay (1-0) to FedExForum. Thursday’s game, slated for a SportSouth telecast, tips off at 7 p.m. (CT).