This season, that accolade goes to fellow Bear, Pierre Jackson.
Pacing the squad in the back court a season ago as a junior, Jackson helped guide the Bears to the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Tournament. Now a senior, expectations are soaring for the 5-foot-11 play maker and this preseason achievement is only one indication of that.
An original native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jackson burst onto the scene a season ago, averaging 13.8 points and a team-high 5.9 assists per game. Known for his speed and ability to create and knock down shots, Jackson has molded himself into one of the more elite point guards in the nation in just one season’s worth at the Division I level.
Jackson’s story has proved to be a wonderful story for Baylor and head coach Scott Drew. After being named the junior college Player of the Year back in 2011, Jackson committed to the Bears for his final two years of eligibility prior to last season.
Clearly, that decision has paid off.
Yet, Jackson certainly won’t intend on ending things there. The preseason accolade is one thing, but translating the hype on the court in 2012-13 will be a top priority, especially in terms of helping the Bears once again compete atop the conference standings.
In addition to Jackson, Drew and the Bears also return sharpshooter Brady Heslip in the back court, while sophomore wing Deuce Bello looks to increase his own workload. A loaded freshmen class, highlighted by Isaiah Austin down low, will also help Baylor make continued strides within the national discussion.
Jackson was a second-team All-Big 12 member a season ago and an Associated Press All-American honorable mention.
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