CHICAGO - Aundre Jackson (Kennedale, Texas/Kennedale/McLennan CC), who earlier today was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Newcomer Team, was named MVC Sixth Man of the Year, it was announced this afternoon. He is the first Rambler to earn the honor.
The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 14.5 ppg, the second-best mark on the team, and added 4.2 rpg, while shooting a league-high 67.7 percent (178-for-263) from the field, despite coming off the bench in 24 of Loyola’s 31 games.
Jackson’s field goal percentage ranks fourth in the nation and he will easily set a Loyola single-season record in that category, eclipsing the previous mark of 60 percent, set by Jaja Richards in 1996-97. If he maintains that accuracy rate, he would also establish a new Valley single-season standard. Jackson scored 20 or more points on six occasions, including a season-high 24-point performance in a victory over Mountain West Conference preseason favorite San Diego State. In a victory over Milwaukee, he set a Loyola single-game record by hitting all nine of his field goal attempts en route to 21 points.
Loyola, which will be the No. 5 seed at the MVC Tournament, opens up play in the quarterfinal round versus No. 4 Southern Illinois on Friday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m.