For the second year in a row, a Baylor Bear has been dubbed Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year.
Senior guard Pierre Jackson was selected by the league’s head coaches to receive the award for the 2012-2013 season, following in the footsteps of former Baylor All-American Perry Jones III.
Jackson, a Las Vegas native, led Baylor with 13.8 points, 5.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per game during his premiere season with the Bears last year. Jackson holds the record for second-highest single-season total assists in program history with 223 total assists. He also posted double-figure points in 27 of 38 games with an average of 17.6 points per game in the last eight contests, which included a trip to the Elite Eight against Kentucky.
Jackson currently ranks first among returning Big 12 athletes in steals per game, second in assists per game, and third in points per game, helping him to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors and honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.
Baylor hosts Moonlight Madness at 8:30 p.m. CT on Oct. 12 at the Ferrell Center with portions of the event being broadcast live on ESPNU.
The Bears open their 2012-2013 season with an exhibition game against Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. CT on Oct. 25. -- Savannah Pullin