Jaren Jackson Jr. wins Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year & Freshman of the Year Awards

Jaren Jackson Jr. has put together an incredible season for Michigan State, as he has helped the Spartans to an overall record of 28-3. On Monday, the freshman was recognized for his strong campaign in more than one way by the Big Ten.

The conference announced its All-Big Ten selections and its recipients for individual awards, and Jackson’s was well represented. Not only was Jackson named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but he was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

“Man, it’s unbelievable,” Jackson said in an interview on the Big Ten Network. “I probably can’t even really put it into words. It’s something I would only dream of getting, especially getting two (awards) in the same season as a freshman. It’s unbelievable.”

In addition, Jackson was named to the All-Big Ten Third-Team by both the media and the coaches, and was selected to the conference’s All-Freshman Team and All-Defensive Team.

Jackson, a 6-foot-11 forward, averaged 11.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game this season with the Spartans. He set a school record with 102 blocks on the season, and was the anchor to Michigan State’s No. 7 ranked defense in the nation.

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