A Look at Duquesne's Aaron Jackson

Duquesne senior point guard Aaron Jackson has made his mark on the Bluff throughout his career. But that secret is now out, just ask Bonnies' coach Mark Schmidt. Jackson's omission from an Atlantic 10 All-Conference list should be a thing-of-the-past.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Schmidt, the former Robert Morris head coach, said:
    "Jackson is playing out of his mind. If the season ended today, he might be the (A-10) player of the year."

Aaron Jackson is questionable for Saturday night's first of two games this season with Dayton because of an injury. Seems about time we took a look at what Aaron has done with, and for, Duquesne.

Let's start with his shooting. One stat that got by these eyes was the Hartford, Conn. native's shooting percentage -- 49.8 percent (294/590) -- in his first three seasons. This year, he's hitting 58.7 percent from the floor (98/167) for fourth best in the Atlantic 10 Conference and is second-best in the nation behind Jason Flagler of South Carolina State (.597) at the guard position. He's raised his career numbers to 51.8% (392/757), right now good for seventh place on Duquesne's all-time list (otherwise populated by inside players).

Jackson has made remarkable strides this season in his accuracy from three-point range. He entered the season as a career 30.3 percent (57/188) shooter from beyond the arc, his best season his first (05-06) at 34.7%. Through 16 games, he's hitting 42.2% (19/45), best on the team, though he started out 2-for-13 through six games before making 5-of-6 while scoring a career-high 36 points at Radford.

Jackson has raised his free throw average from 73.7 percent over three-seasons to 81.4% this year (70/86), third in the A-10, giving him 76.3% (196/257) over his career.

He leads the team with a 17.8 points per game average. His 285 points give him 1,056 for his career. Those 14 points in Wednesday's game moved him past Ron Guziak ('68) into 28th place on Duquesne's 1,000-point list. Jim Tucker ('54) is next at 1,091, 35 away.

Like most Duquesne players, Jackson has done what's been asked and has played off guard and small forward as often as the lead guard position. He's the starting point guard this season, though sometimes moving to the "2" when Eric Evans joins the lineup and the "3" if Jason Duty is also on the floor.

Jackson leads the team and the Atlantic 10 and is 16th in the nation with 6.06 assists per game.

Presently, he has 97 dishes this season, same as his freshman year. With three more, Jackson will reach the century mark for the third straight season. He is fifth on DU's all-time list with 408 in his career, a 4.00 average, and is 10 shy of Tony Petrarca's ('91) fourth place total of 418, and 31 behind third place held by former DU PG and assistant coach Kenya Hunter ('96) with 439.

Every season, Jackson's assist - turnover ratio has been at least 1.71. He's second in the league and in 42nd place in the nation in 2008-09 at 2.26 (97/43) and has a career ratio of 1.90 (408/215).

Now let's look at steals. Jackson leads the team with 34, three more than Damian Saunders' 31, for a 2.13 per game average, second in the league. His career total of 147 is one shy of Andy Sisinni's ('84) seventh place total (148) on this Duquesne career list.

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder tied for fourth on the team with 4.0 rebounds per game and entered 2008-09 with a 4.1 rpg average. Jackson has the second best average, 5.7 rpg, for Duquesne this season, which ties for 20th in the Atlantic 10. His career average is now 4.4 rpg.

Finally, he is averaging 34.8 minutes per game, sixth highest in the conference, which brings his career average to 30.4 mpg.

Jackson in the Top 5 in six different A-10 categories: assists (1st), steals (2nd), ast/TO ratio (2nd), scoring (4th), FG% (4th), FT% (4th).

Aaron Jackson has been honored as an Atlantic 10 Player of the Week twice this season and four times over his career. He also received a Rookie of the Week citation.

Jackson may have missed out in the A-10 postseason and preseason honors prior to now. It would be a huge surprise if he's absent when the 2009 awards are announced in March.

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