David Jackson, along with Shawn Oliverson, graduated from LA Tech on Thursday.

Men's Basketball

Jackson, Oliverson Graduation Highlight Bulldog Basketball's Academic Success

Aug. 20, 2010

RUSTON, La. - Former Bulldogs David Jackson and Shawn Oliverson graduated from Louisiana Tech on Thursday after finishing courses in the summer quarter.

The entire Louisiana Tech men's basketball team finished with a 3.13 GPA for the summer quarter. Seven Bulldogs finished with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and two with a 4.0.

Jackson, from Tucsan, Ariz., averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds for the 24-11 Bulldogs. The transfer from Mesa Community College scored in double-figures in four of his final seven games.

Oliverson, from Preston, Idaho, played in 52 games in two seasons for the Bulldogs after transferring from Cornel. The two-time letterwinner was named Academic all-WAC and to the NABC Honors Court this past season. In the upcoming academic season, Oliverson will be taking classes at a different school to earn a masters degree with intentions to pursue a career in the FBI.

This caps off a remarkable academic season for the Bulldog basketball team who's Academic Progress Rate continues to climb. Since head coach Kerry Rupp's arrival on campus in 2007, the men's basketball program has seen its four-year APR average improve 59 percentage points from 853 to 912. For the 2008-09 season, men's basketball recorded an APR of 930, their highest ever single-year rate.

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