Senior Derrick Jackson, who led the Georgetown University basketball team to four postseason tournaments and became the Hoyas' all-time leading scorer, is The Washington Post's metropolitan college basketball player of the year.
Jackson was the choice of the 14 members of The Post staff who cover college basketball and voted for the annual area college all-star team.
American University freshman Russell (Boo) Bowers was the leading vote-getter with 13 first-team votes and second-team vote. Bowers, Jacksson, George Washington center Mike Zagardo, Georgetown foward Craig Shelton and Maryland forward Albert King made up the first five.
Except for Jackson, a senior guard from Wheaton, I11., the first team consisted of underclassmen two freshmen and two sophomores.
Kevin Sinnett, Navy's junior forward, led the balloting for the second team, followed by Georgetown guard John Duren, Howard forward Gerald Glover, Navy center Hank Kuzma and University of District of Columbia star Barry Frazier, who led area scorer with a 31.8 average, Frazier led UDC to a 14-7 record.
Duren, who made the first team last season as a freshman, was named honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press this year.
Jackson, who has been hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer, had a 17.8 scoring average this season. He made all-tournament at both the Hoya Invitational and the Holiday Festival. In his career, the 6-foot-1 guard made all-tournament all but once in the nine tournaments he played.
Bowers, 6-foot-5 forward, was American's most consistent player in a 16-12 season in which the Eagles finished strong.He averaged 17.9 in 28 games.
Zagardo, GW's 6-10 sophomore, is living testimony to how hard work overcoming a lack of quickness and jumping ability, Zagardo led the Colonials with 15.6 scoring, 8.7 rebounding and 58.4 per cent marksmanship from the field.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson says Washington-area college fans have not seen the real Craig Shelton, whose leaping ability at Dunbar High earned him the nickname Big Sky. Shelton missed most of his freshman year with a broken kneecap and was hampered this season by a broken bone in his right hand. He averaged 13.8 points and 8.1 rebounds and dominated in some of Georgetown's biggest victories this season.
King came to Maryland this season as the most recruited player in the country but had trounle adjusting to Maryland's style. Statistically, he accomplished as much as any freshmen in Maryland history. He scored 13 overtime-points in Maryland's biggest victory, a 109-108 triple overtime decision over N.C. State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.