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Irish's Jackson receives Sportsmanship Award

Notre Dame guard Tory Jackson received the Big East Sportsmanship Award, the conference announced Monday.

The senior was recognized for the contributions he has made on the court and the manner with which he carried himself throughout his career.

Jackson, who is averaging 9.7 points and 5.4 assists for the Irish (21-10, 10-8), is second on Notre Dame's all-time assists list with 675. He has also scored 1,194 points.

"It's an honor," Jackson said of the award. "When you got 16 coaches voting for you for an award like that it shows the respect I have around the league. This league is tough and to earn respect from guys like (Syracuse coach) Jim Boeheim, (Connecticut coach Jim) Calhoun, those are the types of guys you go against. That says a lot."

Other awards announced by the conference were Hamady Ndiaye of Rutgers as Defensive Player of the Year, Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh as Most Improved Player and Kris Joseph of Syracuse as Sixth Man.

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