Aaron Jackson, a Bob Cousy Award Nominee

Pittsburgh newspapers reported Saturday that Duquesne senior guard Aaron Jackson is one of 31 Division I nominees for the 2009 Bob Cousy Award, given to the top college point guard. NCAA Division II and III players were also nominated.

Jackson is the only Atlantic 10 Conference player on the watch list. Saint Joseph's Jameer Nelson received the inaugural award following the 2003-04 season.

Pitt's Levance Fields and Jesse Brooks of California University of Pa., a Maryland-Eastern Shore transfer, are other nominated area players.

Jackson, the only senior and scholarship upperclassman on this edition of Coach Ron Everhart's Duquesne team, has returned to the point after playing on the wing the last two seasons. He shot 54.9 percent from the field in 2007-08 while averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals.

The Hartford, Conn. native has had a positive assist-turnover ratio all three seasons and has broken the 100-assist mark the last two years (110, 104). His career a/to ratio is +1.80.

Jackson was named the MVP of this summer's Pittsburgh Pro Am League. Players from Pitt, including Fields, West Virginia and Robert Morris, also competed.

His stats in the Dukes' season opening, 85-44 win over High Point Friday were typical of the complete game Jackson plays: 14 points, 7 assists (1 TO), 6 rebounds, 3 steals and a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Fan voting begins on February 1, 2009.


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