April 1, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Red Storm rookie Rysheed Jordan was named a CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-American on Monday, and was tabbed as one of 26 finalists for the website's Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year Award.
Jordan, a 2013-14 BIG EAST All-Rookie team selection and four-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, averaged 9.7 points per game as a freshman. He led the Red Storm squad in assists with 88 (3.0 per game, T-12th in the BIG EAST; 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio, T-11th) and steals with 1.2 per game (tied for 10th in the league).
In BIG EAST play, Jordan's numbers surged to 11.2 points, 3.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 30.1 minutes per contest.
Jordan was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team in early March after being selected the league's Rookie of the Week on Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 17 and March 9. On Jan. 27, Jordan became the first Red Storm BIG EAST Rookie of the Week since 2012-13 when teammate and 2013 Rookie of the Year JaKarr Sampson garnered the award seven times.
The CollegeInsider.com Kyle Macy Award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. Macy, the 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball," played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting 85.9 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping Purdue to a 16-11 season record.
Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976 and started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-American and three-time All-SEC honoree, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
The winner of the 2014 Macy award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the NCAA Division I Final Four.