Cedric Jackson - 11
Cedric Jackson definitely makes a strong first impression. After all, his leadership on the court during his first season as a Viking allowed CSU to vault from the bottom to top of the Horizon League standings to make its greatest improvement from one season to the next in program history. A four-tool player -- he can impact games by scoring, rebounding, passing and playing defense -- Jackson can do it all on the basketball court. A starter in each of his two years at St. John's University in Queens, N.Y., he is a versatile scorer who uses his quickness to penetrate and create opportunities offensively, excelling at finishing around the basket. At the other end of the floor, his size and athleticism have helped to make him one of the strongest defensive players in the league.
Transfer from St. John's who was one of three players to start every game, earning the nod at point guard.
Second team All-Horizon League choice after averaging 13.9 points a game.
Became first Viking to earn spots on multiple postseason teams by also being named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer and All-Defensive squads.
Led team in assists (4.9) and steals (2.61) and was second in both scoring and rebounding (4.9).
Led the Horizon League in steals, was second in assists, eighth in scoring, 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28), 11th in defensive rebounding (4.15), 12th in three-point percentage (.390) and 15th in rebounding.
Scored in double figures in all but eight games, including seven 20-point efforts.
Ran away with the Horizon League steal title, ranking ninth nationally with 88 in 34 games (3rd in CSU history).
Handed out 168 assists, the second-highest total in CSU history.
Had 22 points, on eight-for-10 shooting vs. Valparaiso in the league tourney (3/8/08), adding eight rebounds.
Recorded his third double-double of the year at Youngstown State (3/1/08), scoring 10 points with a career-high 12 assists.
Received Horizon League Player of the Week honors for the second time after averaging 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in wins over Marist and Milwaukee (2/25/08).
Flirted with recording the first triple-double in school history vs. Milwaukee (2/20/08), scoring 18 points with nine rebounds and nine assists.
Scored 20 points with five assists and four steals at Butler (2/16/08), going 10-for-11 from the line.
Scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting and hit all four three-pointers at Green Bay (1/24/08), adding seven boards and three steals.
Recorded his first career double-double, scoring 21 points with 10 assists vs. Youngstown State (12/8).
Had exactly four steals in six of the first eight games of the year.
Named to the all-tournament team at the Glenn Wilkes Classic after averaging 20.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals, shooting .532 (25-47) from the field and .500 from three-point (7-14).
Horizon League Player of the Week (Nov. 19) after averaging 21.3 points in four games.
Scored a career-high 27 points in 43 minutes in OT win over Florida State (11/17/07), adding eight boards, four assists and four steals.
Tallied 21 points with nine assists and four steals vs. Georgia Southern (11/16/07).
Led CSU with 20 points at George Mason (11/13/07).
Keyed season-opening comeback win at South Florida (11/9/08), scoring 18 points.
Played in 54 games during his two seasons at St. John's, starting 35 times.
Started 10 of the 27 games he played during the 2005-06 season, averaging 4.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Scored a season-high 12 points in the opener against Maryland-Eastern Shore (11/19/05).
Tallied 11 points with 10 rebounds vs. Hofstra (11/29/05) for his first career double-double.
Started 25 of the 27 games in 2004-05, averaging 4.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
Had 13 multi-steal games, including a career-high four against both Canisius (12/28/04) and North Carolina State (12/30/04).
Set his career scoring high with 16 points vs. Niagara (11/27/04).
Posted 10 points with six rebounds vs. Seton Hall (1/29/05) and 10 points and eight rebounds vs. Syracuse (2/23/05).
First team all-state selection as a senior at North Burlington High, playing for coach Herman Johnson.
Averaged 26.0 points a game as a senior en route to being named first team all-county, first team All-South Jersey (Courier Post & Newark Star Ledger) and first team All-Area (Trenton Times).
Won the Slam Dunk title at the New Jersey North-South All-Star game.
Averaged 21.7 points as a sophomore to earn second team All-South Jersey kudos from the Courier Post.
Born March 5, 1986 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. . . son of Bobby and Gwen Jackson. . . has one older brother. . . enjoys singing and playing the drums at his local church. . . communication major.