FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas men’s and women’s basketball teams swept the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week honors Monday.
Forward Bobby Portis was named the men’s SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the Razorbacks’ wins against Southeastern Louisiana and Clemson. Forward Jessica Jackson was named the women’s SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 15.5 points in wins against Kansas State and Northwestern State.
Portis finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds against SELA. He added 13 points and 4 rebounds against Clemson, getting most of his production in the second half to help the Razorbacks improve to 6-2.
“He’s learning,” Anderson said about Portis’ slow start against Clemson. “I think he’s learning as he goes out and performs. He knows what kind of level he can play at. …
“I did tell him he only had one rebound at halftime. And I thought that kind of energized him to do more things or than just trying to score. Rebound the basketball. He was pretty active.”
Portis is one of two Arkansas players to start every game. He ranks third on the team in scoring (11.5 points a game), rebounding (4.5) and blocked shots (1.0).
Jackson leads the Arkansas women’s team in scoring (14.6 points a game) and blocks (1.6). She has scored in double figures in nine of 10 games, helping the Razorbacks win 10 straight to open the season.
Jackson and the Arkansas women’s team play Tulsa on Tuesday night in Bud Walton Arena. Portis and the Arkansas men’s team face Savannah State on Thursday night.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau