Oregon's Lukes Honored by ESPN.com

Dec. 9, 2002

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 9, 2002
Contact: Dave Hirsch, Dan Hendricks


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon junior guard Luke Jackson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 2 - December 8, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Jackson, from Creswell, Ore., averaged 25 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while leading Oregon to wins over No. 14 Kansas and Portland. Against the Jayhawks, Jackson put in a season-high 26 points, including a rebound basket that put Oregon ahead for good with 2:58 remaining. He also pulled down nine boards as the Ducks avenged last season's Elite Eight loss to Kansas. In the win over Portland, Jackson had 21 points and tied his career-high with 12 rebounds, notching his third career double-double.

For the week, Jackson shot 58.6 percent from the floor (17-of-29), hit 4-of-5 three-pointers and connected on 9-of-11 free throws.

It is the first weekly award for Jackson, the 23rd all-time honor for the Ducks.

2002-03 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Dec. 2 - Luke Ridnour, ORE.; Dec. 9 - Luke Jackson, ORE

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ESPN.com Names Oregon's Lukes co-Players of the Week

By Andy Katz

They are inseparable at Oregon. Junior point guard Luke Ridnour and junior big guard Luke Jackson were sensational in the upset over Kansas, easily the Ducks biggest non-conference win in the past 10 years. Ridnour scored 25 points, dished out nine assists and picked off three steals. He was 4 of 8 on 3s, too. His wing mate, Jackson, scored 26 points and grabbed nine boards.

Earlier in the week, Jackson scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Ridnour had 17 and four steals in a win over Portland.

If Ridnour and Jackson can play with such proficiency throughout the season then they can lead Oregon deep in the Dance again. Any questions as to whether Oregon could repeat its run of a year ago were answered in the win over Kansas.

Certainly the Ducks still have to go to Pepperdine and play Cincinnati in the Jimmy V Classic, but there is a good chance they could be undefeated heading into the Jan. 2 showdown against Arizona to open the Pac-10 -- a possible top-five matchup.


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