You can bet your bottom dollar that Baylor senior point guard Pierre Jackson would have loved to have had his collegiate playing career end in the NCAA Tournament.
Well, that was not the case. A late season collapse crushed the Bears’ chances at the Big Dance, but Baylor’s season did continue within the NIT Tournament. The Bears made the most of their opportunity and on Thursday night took home the crown as the 2013 NIT Champions.
As for Jackson, his career ended on a very positive and impressive note. Jackson keyed the Bears to the title game with his stellar play and leadership. On Thursday in their victory over Iowa, Jackson finished with 17 points and ten assists, marking his fourth consecutive double-double.
That’s right, Jackson ended his career with four consecutive double-doubles, averaging 19.6 points and 11 assists per game in the NIT. That’s pretty impressive and one way to certainly end one’s collegiate career.
His individual accomplishments aside however, Jackson’s biggest prize on Thursday night was ending his collegiate career with a banner. Baylor won five games in a row to end the 2012-13 season and that’s a good sign looking ahead to next season. Jackson spent two seasons at Baylor after transferring in from junior college and in that short time he certainly made his presence felt.
Jackson won the JUCO National Player of the Year prior to arriving at Baylor before the 2011-12 season. Jackson and the Bears made a run to the Elite 8 just a season ago and now end things here in 2013 with the NIT Tournament championship.
Jackson’s career is over, but his impact at Baylor was felt right down to the final buzzer.
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