Career Highlights Finished his career with 1,428 points in a school record-tying 120 consecutive games played (did not miss a game in his career) ... ended up ranked among Duquesne's Top 10 in career assists (third with 505), steals (sixth with 169) and field goal percentage (seventh at .521) ... scored in double digits 65 times with 32 coming during his senior year ... totaled 20 or more points in a game 18 times (15 as a senior) with a career high of 46 in his final game (at Virginia Tech in the NIT) ... the NIT game marked DU's first post-season appearance since 1994 ... saw Duquesne increase its win total from 3-24 as a freshman to 10-19 as a sophomore, 17-13 as a junior and 21-13 as a senior ... the 17-13 record in 2008 marked DU's first winning season since 1994 and the 21 victories in 2009 marked Duquesne's first 20-win season since 1981 and was the most wins by a Dukes team since 1971 ... earned a spot on the 2009 All-Atlantic 10 Championship team after leading the Dukes to three wins in three nights and an appearance in the title game for the first time since 1981 ... improved his scoring average from 9.0 ppg. to 19.3 ppg. in earning the A-10 Chris Daniels Award as the league's most-improved player in 2009 ... also improved his field goal, 3-point and free throw percentages & assist and steals averages from his junior to senior seasons ... played his senior year with a roster that featured 10 underclassmen including seven freshmen ... started alongside one non-scholarship junior (Jason Duty), two sophomores (Damain Saunders & Bill Clark) and a true freshman (Melquan Bolding) as a senior ... was Duquesne's first first team All-Atlantic 10 player since Mike James in 1998 ... earned first team All-A-10 honors despite not being named to any of the three 2008-09 preseason All-Atlantic 10 teams ... is just the 11th player in school history to be named first team NABC All-District ... earned Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors a school record-tying six times in his career (two as a sophomore and a DU single-season record four times as a senior).
As a Senior (2008-09) Started all 34 games, extending his personal streak to a school record-tying 120 consecutive games (every game of his career) ... led the team scoring (19.3 ppg.) & assists (school record 194, 5.7 apg.) and was second in rebounding (5.5 rpg.) & steals (56, 1.7 spg.) ... ranked among the Atlantic 10's top five in seven different statistical categories: scoring (2nd), assists (3rd), field goal pct. (3rd), free throw pct. (3rd), assist/turnover ratio (4th), minutes (4th) and steals (5th) ... his .554 shooting percentage ranked as the second-best among NCAA Division I guards and 37th nationally ... was also 36th nationally in scoring and 21st in assists per game ... became the eleventh player in school history to be named first team NABC All-District .. was the first Duquesne player since current Washington Wizards guard Mike James (1998) to be named first team All-Atlantic 10 ... was named all-conference despite not making the league's preseason first, second or third teams ... was the second player in school history to earn the A-10 Chris Daniels Award (most improved player) ... won Atlantic 10 Player of the Week a school record four times, eclipsing the previous mark of three set by Mark Stevenson in 1990 ... won the honor six times in his career, tying the school record set by Bruce Atkins from 1979-82 ... scored in double digits a team-high 32 times including the last 25 games of his career ... topped the 20-point mark 15 times including a 46-point effort at Virginia Tech in the NIT, 36 at Radford and 30 against Charlotte ... the 46 points at Tech - which were a Cassell Coliseum opponent record - tied the fourth-highest total in school history and as well as being the most points scored by a DU player since 1978 ... it was the most points scored against Virginia Tech since Houston's Elvin Hayes had 51 at Houston in 1968 ... Jackson, who had six points at the half, scored 40 in 26 second half minutes ... he had 23 in the second half, 11 in the first overtime and six in the second extra period ... he was 13-of-19 from the field - with six 3-pointers - in the second half and overtime alone ... his eight 3-pointers (8-of-13) tied Duquesne's school record shared by Tony Petrarca (8-of-13 at Pitt on Dec. 18,1989) and Bryant McAllister (8-of-13 at Rhode Island on Feb. 8, 2006) ... the eight "threes' broke the Virginia Tech opponent record of seven set by Miami's Darius Rice on Jan. 10, 2001 ... was 2-of-13 from the 3-point arc before hitting 5-of-6 in scoring 36 points at Radford on Dec. 10 ... went 15-of-17 from the field versus Radford for the best shooting performance by a Duquesne player since Ruben Montanez went a school record 15-of-17 in a win over Saint Peter's on Feb. 17, 1973 ... followed that with 19 vs. West Virginia to earn Atlantic 10 co-Player of the Week honors (Dec. 14) ... earned A-10 Player of the Week for a second time (Jan. 4) after averaging 16.5 points, 7.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals in wins at Robert Morris and vs. Bowling Green ... scored 30 points and added six assists in the Atlantic 10 opening 76-71 win over Charlotte and followed that with 25 points and eight assists at St. Bonaventure ... with the Charlotte game tied at 69-69 Jackson scored the go-ahead bucket with 1:22 to go, then stole the ball and fed Damian Saunders for a layup to put the Dukes up four ... he then hit 3-of-4 free throws over the final 24 seconds to seal the win ... added 29 points, including a game-tying bucket at the buzzer in regulation, in DU's 78-74 OT loss at Saint Louis and followed that with 21 points - including 5-of-6 free throws over the final 31 seconds - to key DU's upset win over No. 9 (AP) Xavier ... was named A-10 Player of the Week for the third time following the SLU & XU games ... scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half of DU's win at La Salle while directly figuring in 15 of Duquesne's 17 first half field goals (he had seven field goals and all eight of his assists in 19 first half minutes) ... followed that with 17 points and nine assists at UMass to earn POW for the fourth time ... scored 16 of DU's last 20 points in a 73-71 loss to Rhode Island ... finished with 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals vs. the Rams ... followed that by scoring DU's final 11 points over the last 2:16 in a come-from-behind 70-68 win over Saint Louis in his final regular season home game ... finished with 23 points and seven assists against the Billikens ... had 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the final regular season game at Dayton ... averaged 19.8 ppg. and shot .500 (11-of-22) from the 3-point arc on his way to earning a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 Championship team ... he was the only Duke to score in double figures in all four tournament games ... had a 1.9-to-1 assist/turnover ratio (194-103) ... made 17 more free throws than any other DU player attempted ... flirted with a triple-double on two occasions (20 points, 10 rebounds & 6 assists in 28 minutes vs. Furman and 10 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists at Fordham) ... his seven steals at Saint Francis, Pa. tied the second-highest total in school history ... became the 13th player in school history to post 10 or more assists in a game with a career-high 10 at USC Upstate ... added nine assists vs. Bowling Green ... his 5.7 assists per game average was the fifth-best in school history ... Jackson, who logged all 45 minutes in a Feb. 4 overtime loss at Saint Louis, averaged a team-high 36.7 minutes/g. ... played in 156 of a possible 160 minutes at the A-10 Championship and 45 of a possible 50 in the double-overtime, season-ending loss at Virginia Tech.
As a Junior (2007-08) Played in all 30 games with a team-high 23 starts as the Dukes posted their first winning season since 1994 with a 17-13 record ... averaged a team-high 26.4 minutes per game ... averaged 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game ... his 104 assists were a team high ... finished with a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio which ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 ... led the Dukes in assists a team-best 13 times ... scored in double figures 13 times ... the Dukes were 9-4 when Jackson scored 10 or more ... shot .549 from the field ... had 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals vs. Cal State Northridge in the Iowa Realty Invitational ... added 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal in a 102-88 win over Saint Joseph's ... scored 18 points to go along with six rebounds, a season-high eight assists and four steals in a 101-84 win at La Salle ... had 17 points, six boards and three steals in a 63-61 victory at Dayton ... totaled five or more rebounds in a game 13 times and five or more assists in a game on nine occasions ... averaged 4.9 rebounds per game, including a team-high 36 offensive boards, in conference play.
As a Sophomore (2006-07) Saw action in all 29 games with 23 starts under first-year head coach Ron Everhart ... averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for a 10-19 team ... finished the year with a team-high 110 assists with 64 turnovers for a 1.72-to-1 ratio - good for fifth in the conference ... his 3.79 assists per game average ranked sixth and his 1.38 steals per game ranked eighth in the A-10 ... improved his rebound average from 3.2 per game as a freshman to 5.0 as a sophomore ... posted double-doubles in DU's first two games (12-11 vs. Youngstown State & 15-10 vs. UNC Asheville) ... had five games with five or more rebounds in 27 outings in 2005-06 ... tripled that total with 15 in 29 games in `07 ... led DU in assists a team-best 17 times and was second to Kieron Achara for most times leading the team in rebounding (10) ... tied the 6-10 Achara for the team lead with 66 offensive boards, including a spectacular put-back dunk at Boston College ... put together one of the top stat lines by an A-10 player in 2006-07 with 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and a career-high five steals at Saint Francis, Pa. ... was named A-10 co-Player of the Week (Dec. 24) for his effort ... followed that with 19 points and seven rebounds in DU's 98-93 OT win at Boston College to earn A-10 POW honors for the second consecutive week ... in the process, he became just the seventh player in school history to win conference Player of the Week honors twice in one season ... scored a then career-high 22 vs. Northern Illinois (9-of-11 from the field) on Nov. 20 and scored 15 of his 22 points in the final 2:34 at La Salle to help the Dukes erase a seven-point deficit in a 111-105 win ... also reached the 20-point mark with 20 on 8-of-9 shooting in the win over Temple ... added seven rebounds and six assists vs. the Owls ... went scoreless for just the third time in 52 career games vs. Charlotte (0-of-4) ... did contribute a team-high nine boards vs. the 49ers ... had 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals vs. Akron and followed that with nine more rebounds in the regular-season finale at George Washington ... averaged 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists over DU's final five games of the season.
As a Freshman (2005-06) Was one of three players to see action in all 27 games under head coach Danny Nee ... started 21 times for the 3-24 Dukes ... was second on the team in minutes played (31.0 per game) ... became a fixture in the starting lineup seven games into the season ... averaged 6.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game ... was second on the team with 97 assists and 30 steals ... his 97 assists were the seventh-highest total ever posted by a Duquesne freshman ... shot 80 percent (32-of-40) from the foul line and .347 (17-of-49) from the 3-point arc ... his 1.73-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked third in the Atlantic 10 behind seniors Mitchell Baldwin of Charlotte and Mardy Collins of Temple ... became the first Duquesne player since Bryant McAllister (December of 2002) to be named A-10 Rookie of the Week after averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in games vs. George Washington and St. Bonaventure (week ending Jan. 28) ... handed out a then career-high eight assists (with just two turnovers) against the pressure defense of No. 14 (AP) George Washington and added 13 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals in a DU win at St. Bonaventure ... followed that with 15 points (4-of-5 from the 3-point arc) vs. La Salle ... handed out seven assists vs. The Citadel on Dec. 20 and matched that total at Dayton on Jan. 21 ... surpassed that total with the eight in 33 minutes vs. George Washington ... hit 5-of-6 shots in scoring 12 points at West Virginia on Dec. 10 and scored 10 points and added seven rebounds and six assists (with zero turnovers) in 33 minutes vs. No. 13 (AP) Boston College on Dec. 27 ... followed the first scoreless game of his career (0-of-5, 0 points) vs. Appalachian State with a then career-high 16 points and then career-best eight rebounds in 37 minutes in the Atlantic 10 opener at La Salle ... saw a streak of 14 straight free throws made snapped vs. La Salle on Feb. 1 ... averaged 34.1 min./g. in A-10 play.
Prep School Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass. (head coach Ed Reilly) ... averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists for the 18-9 Hilltoppers who lost to Maine Central Institute, 99-82, in the first round of the New England Prep School Tournament ... topped the 20-point mark three times with a season-high 24 in an 88-77 loss to St. Thomas More ... added 22 in a 92-55 victory over Proctor ... handed out a season-high 11 assists in a 97-78 win over New Hampton ... was one of four NCAA Division I recruits on the 2004-05 squad including his backcourt mate Jim Baron Jr. - son of Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron - who starred at guard at URI.
High School Northwest Catholic in West Hartford, Conn. (head coach John Mirabello) ... averaged 18.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game as a senior in earning first team all-state honors from the Hartford Courant ... helped the Indians to a 21-3 record and second place finish in the Northwest Conference with a 14-2 mark ... earned second team Hartford Courant all-state honors as a junior when he helped lead the Indians to their second consecutive Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) state championship ... his put back with four-tenths of a second remaining in overtime proved to be the game-winner in Northwest Catholic's 73-71 win over Wilbur Cross in the 2003 Class L state title game ... finished that game with nine points, six rebounds, four assists and just one turnover in 36 minutes ... was the MVP of the Northwest Conference Tournament that preceded the state playoffs in `03 ... recorded a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in Northwest's 2003 state tournament opening-round 68-43 win over Platt ... was also part of the 2002 Class M state championship squad.
Personal Also made an official visit to Ohio and was recruited by a number of other Mid-American Conference schools ... was one of five players injured in a shooting following a school dance in the early hours of Sept. 17, 2006 ... was treated and released after doctors attended a grazing wound to the back of his left hand ... worked out with the team three days after the injury ... psychology major ... full name is Aaron Lee Jackson ... date of birth: 5/6/86.
NOTING AARON JACKSON'S SENIOR SEASON
SOME LOVE FROM SI.COM Jackson was named to SI.com's All-Underrated Team by John Gasaway of Basketball Prospectus on Jan. 30. The list, designed to recognizing the "nation's most under appreciated talent," was based on two criteria: "1.) You must be having a phenomenal season while playing a major role on your team and 2.) Must be someone who should be but is not usually included in any garden variety discussion of the best players in the country at your position." In the story, Gasaway says "Jackson's case is interesting because it demonstrates how a player that flourishes as a senior is almost always overlooked. If you're going to play the way Jackson is playing point guard this season, better to is as a freshman or even as a sophomore, so that your name can get out there." The story goes on to compare Jackson's stats to those of a "mystery sophomore" who turns out to be Wake Forest's Jeff Teague. "Teague should be given a bit of a break here because he plays a more prominent role in his offense than Jackson does. My purpose, however, is not to ding a great player like Teague, but merely to suggest that Jackson too is having a great year."
FROM JAY BILAS' FEB. 5 BLOG "If you haven't seen Duquesne point guard Aaron Jackson you need to check him out. Jackson is everything you want in a point guard, and everything you want in a senior. As a freshman, Jackson battled through a 3-24 season. He was one of five players shot in a 2006 campus shooting, when he was grazed by a bullet. Now he is one of the most productive and efficient players in the nation. The 6-foot-4 Jackson is in the top five in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, assists, steals, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. Jackson is good in transition and can really finish plays, and he is a worker. This summer, he was the MVP of the Pittsburgh Pro-Am League, winning the award over the likes of Sam Young, DeJuan Blair, Levance Fields and Alex Ruoff. Jackson is the best guard Duquesne has had since Mike James, who was the best since Norm Nixon."
M-V-P! ... M-V-P! Jackson prepared for his senior season by being named MVP of the 2008 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am Summer League. The league featured players from area Division I schools including Pitt (Sam Young, Levance Fields and DeJuan Blair), Robert Morris (Tony Lee and Jeremy Chappell) and West Virginia (Joe Mazzulla and Alex Ruoff) among others. Jackson led his team to a 5-0 record and the league title. In addition, DU freshmen Melquan Bolding and Shawntez Patterson were named to the seven-player All-Rookie Team.
DOUBLING HIS FUN Jackson scored in double digits in his last 25 games in a Duquesne uniform, highlighted by a 46-point performance in his final game - a 116-108 double-overtime loss at Virginia Tech in the opening round of the NIT.
TOUGH AT CRUNCH TIME Jackson, who scored 17 consecutive Duquesne points over a 6:49 span of the second half at Virginia Tech, totaled 16 of DU's final 20 points in a 73-71 loss to URI on March 1. He also scored the Dukes' final 11 tallies in a 70-68 come-from-behind win over Saint Louis on March 4 in his final home game.
DEADEYE Jackson, a career .521 shooter, converted at a .554 rate as a senior making him the second-most accurate guard in the nation in 2008-09. Jackson ranked among the nation's guard leaders despite going 13-of-38 from the field (.342) in a three-game stretch (vs. Dayton, at Saint Joe's and at Fordham) while playing with a painful bruised tailbone.
NATION'S TOP SHOOTING GUARDS minimum five field goals made and 75% of team games played
.559 Paul Delaney III, UAB (t30th) .554 AARON JACKSON, Duquesne (37th) .548 Alex Renfroe, Belmont (t40th) .532 Ty Lawson, North Carolina (t56th) .523 Brandon Bush, Texas State-San Marcos (t62nd)
MR. "AND ONE" Jackson made the most of his "hoop and the harm" opportunities in his Duquesne career. A 77.4% career free throw shooter, Jackson converted his first 16 conventional three-point play opportunities of his senior season before missing an "and one" in his final regular season home game vs. Saint Louis ending his streak at 24. Jackson was 5-of-5 on three-point plays as a junior and 3-of-3 over the end of his sophomore season. The last time Jackson had missed on a three-point play opportunity prior to the SLU game was the second game of his sophomore year (Nov. 18, 2006 vs. UNC-Asheville).
QUITE A NIGHT Jackson nearly had basketball's version of a perfect game in his 36-point performance at Radford on Dec. 10. Jackson, whose previous career best was 22, went 15-of-17 from the field (5-of-6 from 3-point), 1-of-1 from the foul line and had five assists with just one turnover in 38 minutes. His .882 field goal percentage was the best by a Duquesne player in 35 years (tying Ruben Montanez' school record set in 1973 at Saint Peter's). "I can't remember having a game like this," said Jackson who did recall a 31-point game in high school. "After the Pitt game [a season-low six points] I didn't leave the gym until I made 100 `threes' and it paid off." Jackson was named A-10 Player of the Week a school record four times in 2008-09, giving him six POW honors for his career. Only one player in DU history was named league Player of the Week as many times - Bruce Atkins (six from 1979-82). Atkins competed in a eight-team Eastern Eight, while Jackson competed in a 14-team league.
"100-100-100" MAN Jackson topped the 100 assist mark in 2008-09 with four dishes vs. Dayton on Jan. 17. It marked the third time he handed out 100 or more assists in a season (110 as a sophomore & 104 as a junior). Jackson was the sixth player in school history to post three or more 100-assist seasons. The others are Norm Nixon and Clayton Adams (4 seasons), Kenya Hunter, Tony Petrarca and Mike James (3 seasons). Jackson, who barely missed the 100 assist mark with 97 as a freshman in 2005-06, averaged 4.2 assists per game for his career. His 194 assists in `09 rank first on DU's single-season list, 16 more than the old school record set of 178 set by Norm Nixon in 1977.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T? Of the nine current Atlantic 10 players who were named league Player of the Week more than once in their career, only two players - Duquesne's Aaron Jackson and Xavier's B.J. Raymond - were not named to any of the three A-10 preseason All-Conference teams. Jackson fixed that by being named DU's first first team All-A-10 pick since 1998 this season:
Dionte Christmas, Temple - 10 times (1st Team) AARON JACKSON, Duquesne - 6 times (NONE) Ahmad Nivins, Saint Joseph's - 5 times (1st Team) Kevin Anderson, Richmond - 2 times (3rd Team) Jimmy Baron, Rhode Island - 2 times (3rd Team) Rob Diggs, George Washington - 2 times (2nd Team) Ricky Harris, Massachusetts - 2 times (2nd Team) Kevin Lisch, Saint Louis - 2 times (1st Team) B.J. Raymond, Xavier - 2 times (NONE)