March 12, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Baylor senior point guard Pierre Jackson was named the District VII Player of the Year, and freshman Isaiah Austin joined him on the All-District team, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Tuesday. Jackson is the first player in Baylor history to be named USBWA District Player of the Year.
Baylor has at least one all-district selection in six consecutive seasons, including five all-district honorees over the last two years. Jackson is the fourth player in program history to earn all-district honors in consecutive seasons, joining Darryl Middleton (1987-88), Lawrence Roberts (2002-03) and Curtis Jerrells (2008-09).
District VII includes all Division I basketball programs in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Jackson and Austin were the only all-district honorees among the four Texas Big 12 teams. Baylor has had nine all-district honorees in the last six years after earning seven all-district honors in a 21-year span from 1987 through 2007.
Jackson, who earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the AP and Big 12 Radio Broadcasters Association, became the fourth player in program history to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors.
Jackson ranks 13th nationally and leads the Big 12 with 6.6 assists per game, and he ranks 22nd nationally and tops in the Big 12 with 19.4 points per game. He's one of only two players ranked in the nation's top 25 in both scoring and assists, and he's on track to become the first player to lead a power-6 conference in scoring and assists since Jason Terry in 1998-99. No Big 12 player has ever led the league in scoring and assists.
Austin, who is the first freshman in BU history to be named second-team All-Big 12, ranks second in the Big 12 with 8.8 rebounds per game, third with 10 double-doubles, fourth with 1.6 blocks per game and 11th with 13.6 points per game. Austin is the nation's only freshman from a power-6 conference with 10 double-doubles on the year.
No. 6 seed Baylor takes on third-seeded Oklahoma State at 8:30 p.m. CT Thursday in the last quarterfinal game at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The game will be televised on Big 12 Network from Kansas City's Sprint Center.
BAYLOR'S 2013 POSTSEASON HONORS
All-District VII (USBWA)
All-Big 12, second team (media)
All-Big 12, third team (coaches)
Big 12 All-Rookie team (coaches)
District VII Player of the Year (USBWA)
All-District VII (USBWA)
All-Big 12, first team (media)
All-Big 12, first team (Kansas City Star)
All-Big 12, second team (coaches)
All-Big 12, honorable mention (media)
All-Big 12, honorable mention (coaches)