March 30, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming Cowboy basketball player Desmar Jackson is one of only 20 freshmen from across the nation to be named to the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Freshmen All-America Team. He joins some of the top freshmen in college basketball this season including Kentucky's John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins, as well as Kansas' Xavier Henry.
"We are all excited for Desmar, as he is being recognized as one of the best freshmen in the nation," UW head coach Heath Schroyer said. "This is a tremendous list of players and it is an honor for both Dez and for our university to be recognized by CollegeInsider.com."
Jackson, a Warren, Ohio native, had a tremendous true freshman season for the Cowboys that was highlighted by his selection to the Mountain West Conference's Third Team. He was the Pokes' leading scorer and averaged 11.8 points per game, which was the second-best average by a freshman in the MWC and the 11th-best overall average in the league. Jackson scored in double figures in 11 of UW's last 12 games and averaged 18.5 points a game during that stretch. On the season he scored 366 points, which is the ninth most by a freshman in MWC history.
Jackson also excelled on the defensive end of the floor and ranked fourth in the MWC with 1.4 steals per game.
This marks the second consecutive year that a Cowboy freshman has been honored as one of the top freshmen in the nation. In addition to being named the MWC's Freshman of the Year last season, Afam Muojeke was also selected as an Honorable Mention All-Freshman by Collegehoops.net, becoming one of only 34 freshman in the nation to be recognized. He was also named an All-Freshman by Rivals.com for all conferences outside the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big XII, Pac 10 and SEC.
"It is exciting that we have had a freshman honored nationally following each of the last two seasons," Schroyer added. "We are looking forward to having both Dez and Afam on the floor together for the next two seasons."
The CollegeInsider.com Freshmen All-America Team is selected by Division I coaches and NBA scouts, as well as the CollegeInsider.com staff.
2009-10 CollegeInsider.com Freshmen All-America Team