Oct. 9, 2008
Contact: Brian McCann
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Viking seniors J'Nathan Bullock and Cedric Jackson, who are a big part of the reason why Cleveland State was selected as the team to beat in the Horizon League this season, were each named to the All-Horizon League first team in a balloting of coaches, sports information directors and media in the Horizon League.
The all-league teams were released by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.
"I am happy for both Cedric and J'Nathan because it shows the respect that the rest of the league has for them and what they have accomplished at Cleveland State," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.
"They are the catalysts of this team and we will depend on them to produce again this year like they did last season."
Joining the Viking duo on the first team were UIC guard Josh Mayo, who was named the league's preseason player of the year, Wright State's Vaughn Duggins and Matt Howard from Butler.
The second team consisted of Mike Schactner from Green Bay, J.R. Blount from Loyola, Valparaiso center Urule Igbavboa, Wright State's Todd Brown and Scott VanderMeer from UIC.
Bullock, a 6-5, 240-pound forward from Flint, Mich., was a first team all-league choice last spring after becoming just the fourth player in school history to lead the team in scoring in each of his first three seasons. He averaged 14.8 points, a team-best 6.6 rebounds and shot .774 from the foul line (147-190).
One of just 10 players in Viking history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds, he ranks 12th all-time in scoring (1,238 points). He begins the season having started 69 consecutive games during his career, the fifth-longest streak in school history and 17 games short of the record 86 set by Ken McFadden.
Jackson, a 6-3, 190-pound guard from Columbus, N.J., earned second team all-league honors as a junior. He became the first Viking to be named to multiple specialty teams, being tabbed for both the Horizon League All-Defensive and All-Newcomer teams.
A four tool player capable of hurting an opponent with his scoring, rebounding, passing and defense, Jackson averaged 13.9 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. He led the Horizon League and ranked ninth nationally with 88 steals in 34 games, the third-highest total in CSU history, and his 168 assists were second in the Horizon League and the second-highest single season total in CSU history.
Jackson is the only player in CSU history to attempt 100 field goals and 100 free throws, hand out 100 assists and make 100 rebounds in a season.
Cleveland State had a breakthrough season on the basketball court in 2007-08, going 21-13 and receiving a post-season bid for only the fourth time in school history (and first since 1987-88).
The Vikings finished second in the Horizon League, winning a school-record 12 league contests, posting only the sixth 20-win season in school history and first since 1992-93.
CSU begins practice for the 2008-09 season on Friday, Oct. 17 when they host the annual Viking Madness event beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center. Tickets are free for the event but must be picked up prior to Oct. 17 because only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
The Vikings open the regular season at home against Oakland on Saturday, Nov. 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.