Jackson II Named CBS Sports/USBWA Freshman of the Week
South Carolina Athletics
First national freshman of the week honor for highly-touted local product
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Freshman sensation Gregory “GG” Jackson II was named CBS Sports/USBWA Freshman of the Week late Tuesday the organization announced. It’s the first national freshman of the week honor for the local product and Ridge View alum.
Jackson helped lead South Carolina to a comeback road win at Georgetown on Saturday, Dec. 3, scoring all 22 of his points in the second half. He was scoreless the opening 20 minutes after going 0-for-5 from the field. He finished the game 9-for-14 (64.2 percent) in the second half and overtime, knocking down a pair of 3s as the Gamecocks stormed back for their first true road win of the season. Jackson also had eight rebounds (tied for team lead), a pair of assists and a steal.
The Columbia, S.C., native is currently No. 2 in the country in scoring (through games played Monday, Dec. 5) amongst freshmen, averaging 17.0 points per game. Jackson and Alabama’s Brandon Miller (19.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg) are the only first-year players in the country averaging 17.0 or more points and 7.0 or more rebounds.
Jackson, Carolina’s leading scorer and rebounder, has scored in double figures in all eight games this season with a trio of 20-point performances.
The Gamecocks are off during the week as final exams on campus are underway. Carolina returns to the court on Sunday, welcoming in Presbyterian (2-8) to Colonial Life Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (ET) on SEC Network+. The top-ranked Gamecock women will face Liberty prior at 2 p.m. Single-game men’s tickets are available by clicking here. Women’s tickets are available by clicking here.