Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week
A.J. Jackson, Robert Morris
Sr., F, 6-6, 230 lbs., Monessen, PA/Monessen
Jackson, a first team all-NEC pick in 2005-06, picked right up where he left off, putting up big numbers in the Colonials’ 2-0 week. He averaged 27.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and shot 52.8 percent from the field and 86.7 percent from the charity stripe as Robert Morris stopped Florida International, 96-72, in its season opener on Monday, then travelled to Huntington, WV and downed Marshall, 73-69, on Friday. Jackson tallied a pair of game-highs with 25 points (10-18 FG, 2-4 3PFG) and eight boards as the Colonials broke open a close game in the second half with FIU. The Monessen, PA native followed with his signature game in a Colonial uniform with 30 points, 15 rebounds and three assists against Marshall. He scored 26 of his 30 points in the second half as the Colonials rallied from a 15-point deficit with less than ten minutes to play. Jackson accounted for 16 points - including the game-tying trifecta - in a 23-8 run that evened the score at 67-67 with 1:35 to play. The double-double was the 15th of his career and helped Robert Morris start the season with a 2-0 record for the first time in 11 years.
Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week
Jeremy Goode, Mount St. Mary’s
Fr., G, 5-9, 172 lbs., Charlotte, NC/Providence Day
A jet-quick point guard, Goode is off to a quick start at the Mount and sparked the team to its first win of the season last week. He averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Goode came off the bench to score eight of his team-high 18 points (4-7 FG, 8-10 FT), and added four rebounds and six assists in an 81-70 double overtime win over James Madison on Monday. His second three-pointer of the game with 3:36 left in the second extra session gave the Mount the lead for good. Goode made his first career start on Saturday, and finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals in a 66-60 setback at La Salle. For the season, the Charlotte, NC product leads the Mount with 4.0 apg, and ranks third with 10.0 ppg.