SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford forward Cameron Jackson has been named the Lute Olson Award Player of the Week. It is the first time a Wofford player has won the player of the week honor.
Jackson, a native of Winchester, Virginia, helped propel Wofford to a win over No. 5 North Carolina, the defending national champion, on Dec. 20 in Chapel Hill. The junior scored 18 points and added nine rebounds, a school-record six blocks, three assists and three steals in the win.
Jackson was a force on both ends of the floor and played a career-high 35 minutes. He stole the ball on North Carolina’s first possession and drove to the basket to put Wofford on the board first. His last block came with 1:44 left when he took the ball from Garrison Brooks and allowed the Terriers to hold on to a three-point lead.
On the season, Jackson is averaging 12.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He leads the Southern Conference in steals per game (2.1) and is third in blocks per game (1.3), tied for fifth in rebounding (6.5), fifth in field goal percentage (56.4%) and 11th in points per game (12.4).
The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.
The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a national championship in 1997.
2017-18 Lute Olson National Player of the Week
(Dec. 25) Cameron Jackson, Wofford
(Dec. 18): Kyle Washington, Cincinnati
(Dec. 11): Jock Landale, Saint Mary's
(Dec. 4): Devonte' Graham, Kansas
(Nov. 27): Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
(Nov. 20): Grayson Allen, Duke
(Nov. 13): Kendrick Nunn, Oakland