Rick Jackson Bothered "A Little Bit" By Snub, Working Through It

NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 07: Garrick Sherman #41 of the Michigan Spartans has his shot blocked by Rick Jackson #00 of Syracuse Orange during their game at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 7 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Great Rick Jackson Snubbing of 2011 continues to be a thorn in the side of Syracuse fans, Jim Boeheim and many others. But has anyone stopped to ask Rick Jackson what he thinks?

Oh right, Donna Ditota has.

When asked whether he was upset about his first team omission, Jackson said, "a little bit. But what can I do? I can’t worry about things I can’t control. All I can do is go out there and play and keep trying to show people that I’m a good player and that I can play with those guys."

Jackson admitted, "it would have been nice" to see his name on that top line. But by neglecting to anoint him one of the league’s most valuable players, Big East coaches provided Jackson with some post-season ammunition.

So in that sense, thank you Big East coaches. Your penchant for high-scoring will be your undoing.

Rickles also commented on his Defensive Player of the Year Award.

"I’m just glad I got that," Jackson said. "I think I worked hard to get that. Leading in rebounds and blocked shots. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to those who voted and got me that award. I couldn’t be any happier."

I can think of one way to be happier. Being named Big East Tournament MVP after winning the whole thing.

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