Helping Arkansas to a 2-0 week with wins over Southeastern Louisiana and Clemson, freshman forward Bobby Portis was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday, by the league office.
Portis was able to garner his first weekly award by averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 67 percent (10-15) from the field. The pair of wins extended Arkansas’ win streak at Bud Walton Arena to 19 games, good for a tie for fifth-best in the nation, and improved its current record to 6-2.
The only player to lead the Razorbacks in scoring and rebounding in the same game, Portis did so for the second straight contest against Southeastern Louisiana with 16 points and five rebounds. He followed with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in a win over Clemson, just the second ACC opponent Arkansas has hosted in the 20 years of Bud Walton Arena.
Portis, who is just one two Razorbacks to start every game, has reached double figures in four straight contests and as a result ranks third on the team in scoring (11.5). He also comes in at third on the boards (4.5) thanks to 16 offensive caroms, which is good for second on the squad.
The current SEC leader in scoring (86.8), three-point percentage (.401), free throw percentage (.739), assists (16.0) and turnover margin (+5.5), Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena on Thursday to host Savannah State at 7 p.m.
University of Arkansas forward Jessica Jackson earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors, the league office announced today.
Jackson, a Jacksonville, Ark., native, earned her second SEC honor after pacing the Razorbacks to a pair of wins last week and a perfect 10-0 record.
Jackson and the Razorbacks defeated Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Wednesday in the team’s only true road game of the non-conference schedule. They returned to Bud Walton for a big win over Northwestern State on Saturday.
In those two contests, the 6-2 forward scored 31 points and hit a game-changing three-pointer late in the contest to swing momentum and secure the win against the Jayhawks. Jackson was 11-for-25 shooting 44 percent from the field and was 4-for-4 from the line for the week.
The first-year player leads the team with 14.6 points per game this year and has a team-high 16 blocks. She ranks 11th in the SEC in scoring, ninth in the league in field goal percentage, 14th in the SEC in three-pointers made and fourth in the conference in blocks. Jackson has scored in double figures in nine of 10 games this year.
Jackson and the Razorbacks return to the court hosting Tulsa at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the last game before a break from competition for final exams. Tickets for the game are available online and at the gate on game day.