Jaren Jackson Jr. Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week
No. 3 Michigan State Hosts No. 5 Notre Dame on Thursday Night
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State freshman men’s basketball player Jaren Jackson Jr. was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday after helping to lead the Spartans to the championship of the Victory Bracket in the PK80 Invitational last week.
The Spartans won three-straight games in the PK80 Invitational, a two-tournament event honoring Nike co-founder Phil Knight for his 80th birthday and in recognition of his significant contributions to college basketball. MSU beat North Carolina in the title game, 63-45, to improve to 5-1 this season.
Jackson Jr. averaged 9.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks to help lead the Spartans. He had a pair of double-doubles, first with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-51 win over DePaul on Thursday, and then with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-57 win over Connecticut on Friday.
Through six games, Jackson Jr. is fifth on the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game and leads MSU with 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
Michigan State, No.3 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, hosts Notre Dame, No. 5 in both polls, on Thursday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tipoff at the Breslin Center is slated for 7 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN with Karl Ravech calling the play-by-play, Jay Bilas handling the analysis and Seth Greenberg on sidelines.