March 4 - WEXFORD, Pa. – After guiding his team to the regular season and tournament championships, Bethany College senior Brody Jackson (Akron, Ohio/Manchester) was named the 2007-08 PAC Player of the Year when the all-conference teams were announced Tuesday.
Jackson wasn’t alone in garnering recognition from the league. Senior point guard Marcus Adams (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) earned Second Team All-PAC honors as well after helping BC post a 17-10 record and win their conference record 12th championship.
The Player of the Year award for Jackson is the first of his career and marks the sixth time in the last eight years a Bison has received the honor. Jackson more than earned this award, as he was ranked in the top 10 in the conference in seven different categories, including second in scoring (20.2), fourth in assists (4.42), sixth in free throw percentage (81.5), third in three-point percentage (45.3) and second in threes per game (3.5). All this was accomplished while playing a league-high 37.58 minutes per game, which included playing all 40 minutes in 12 games.
The 6-0 guard was named PAC Player of the Week twice this season and posted remarkable performances throughout the year. He totaled 16 games with 20+ points, including a pair of 30-point efforts. One came in a Jan. 30 triumph over Waynesburg and the other was in the PAC Tournament Championship game against Washington & Jefferson. Jackson had an outstanding conference tournament overall, as he registered 21 points, six assists and four rebounds in the semifinal victory over Thomas More.
When Jackson’s career comes to a close, he will have boosted his name near the top of the Bethany record books in quite a few categories. He became the 21st men’s player in school history to go over 1,000 career points in a Feb. 2 triumph at Geneva and now has 1,159 career points to rank 13th at Bethany. Jackson has also climbed to fourth in career three-pointers at the college with 214.
Perhaps the most impressive numbers are what the program has done since Jackson’s arrival. He has been a key component to three conference championships and four postseason bids, making him the first player in Bethany history to play in the postseason every year of his career. The Bison’s record during the last four years stands at 83-28, leaving him one win shy of tying Chris Stephens and James Wallace (84-27) for the winningest class in Bethany history.
“Brody had a great year and is truly deserving of the honor,” said Bethany head coach Aaron Huffman. “He was the best player in the conference this year and proved that by leading us to a regular season title and the conference tournament championship. We adapted our offense through the season to key off Brody’s strengths and he stepped up with big games time and again.”
An elementary education major, Brody is the son of Reggie and Chris Jackson of Akron, Ohio.
Unlike Jackson, who earned Second Team All-PAC last year as a junior, this is the first all-conference accolade for Adams. In addition to ranking third on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game, he led the PAC in assists (5.54) and ranked fourth in steals (2.17). Adams was also very clutch as the free throw line, hitting 77 percent (74-96) for the year, including an 8-for-8 effort as part of his 13-point, six-assist performance against W&J in the PAC title game.
Adams’ senior season was stellar from the beginning, as he totaled 15 points, nine assists, six rebounds and six steals in BC’s first win of the year against Mount Aloysius Nov. 17. Other highlights to his year included his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists in a Dec. 5 victory at Waynesburg and a career-high 23 points in Bethany’s overtime win at W&J in January.
Since transferring to Bethany three years ago, Adams has also helped the Bison become a top program in the region, as they have a 59-24 mark during that stretch. For his career, the 5-8 guard sits fourth in all-time steals at the school with 146 and is also ranked in the top 10 in assists with 266.
“I am really happy for Marcus,” said Huffman. “Even though we don’t worry about individual honors very much, he deserved some kind of recognition. We thought he could get overlooked because of how many good players there are in the league and he doesn’t score a lot. Just like Brody, we made some adjustments to our offense through the year to help bring out his abilities and he had some really big games for us.”
An elementary education major, Marcus is the son of M.C. and Crystal Adams of Columbus, Ohio.