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.