March 7, 2016
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (20-10, 11-7 ACC) had two of its members honored by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) and the ACC coaches with All-ACC accolades, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7.
Jackson leads the Irish in points (15.9 pg) and assists (5.0 pg) as the catalyst of an offense that has spent most of the 2015-16 season ranked as the most efficient in the nation. The Mishawaka, Ind., native also finished as the conference leader in assists per game for league play (5.06).
Jackson ranks among the top 10 in the league in five different statistical categories for conference-only action – assists (1st, 5.06), assist/turnover ratio (3rd, 2.53), free throw percentage (4th, .857), steals (9th, 1.41), and minutes played (10th, 35.82).
The award is the first season-long conference award in Jackson’s career. He was named to the ACC All-Tournament Second Team last season.
Auguste caps his final regular season with the Irish by earning his first conference award, landing a spot on the All-ACC Third Team. The Marlborough, Mass., native has been one of the most consistent front line players in the conference this season averaging 14.7 ppg and 10.4 rpg in league play. Auguste also finished second in the conference in field goal percentage (.539) in league action.
Auguste has picked the right time to be playing the best basketball of his career. Entering the ACC Championship, he is on a 10-game run of double-digit scoring games (matching the best streak of his career) and boasts a 16.3 ppg, 11.1 rpg average in those 10 contests. He is one of just six players from the `Power Five’ conferences to average a double-double for points and rebounds this season.
The two season awards mark the eighth and ninth ACC post-season awards for the Notre Dame basketball program. In 2014, Eric Atkins earned third team (coaches) and honorable mention (media) honors along with Pat Connaughton (honorable mention, coaches). For the 2015 season Jerian Grant (first team, media and coaches) and Connaughton (third team, media and coaches) were honored.
Notre Dame earned the fourth seed in the New York Life 2016 ACC Championship, set to begin Tuesday, March 8, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Irish will face the winner of Game 4 (#5 Duke vs. #12 NC State/#13 Wake Forest) in Game 8 of the tournament on Thursday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN.