Memphis, TN-University of Memphis’ Joe Jackson has been named to the 2013-14 Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 List, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Thursday. The Naismith Trophy has been awarded to college basketball’s National Player of the Year annually since 1969.
Jackson is one of four players from the American Athletic Conference on the list, as Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick, Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier and Louisville’s Russ Smith also were among the midseason 30.
A 2013-14 preseason All-American Athletic Conference first team pick, Jackson is leading the Tigers in scoring (14.6 ppg), assists (109) and steals (47). The Memphis, Tenn., native is second on the team in free throw percentage (80.3) and also is pulling down 3.5 rebounds per game from his guard spot.
Jackson is ranked among the American Athletic Conference statistical leaders in scoring (11th), assists (5th), free throw percentage (10th), steals (1st) and assist-turnover ratio (2nd).
In the Tigers’ Feb. 1 game at SMU, Jackson joined an elite club in Memphis basketball history when he went over the 1,500-point and 500-assists marks. The 6-foot-1 guard became only the second player in school history to have 1,500 points, 500 assists and 175 steals in a career, as Elliot Perry is the other Tiger to do so. Jackson currently has 1,559 points, 522 assists and 184 steals.
On the Tigers career charts, Jackson is No. 9 in scoring (1,559), No. 6 in assists (522) and No. 7 in steals (184).