Jackson named Prosser finalist as Tigers advance to SWAC semi-final

GSU basketball advances to the SWAC Championship semifinal game against Prairie View A&M.  Raven LeDay/The Gramblinite

Head coach Donte’ Jackson was named as a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award. GSU Athletics/Courtesy photo

Grambling men’s basketball head coach Donte’ Jackson has been named a 2019 Skip Prosser Man of the Year finalist.

The announcement of Jackson as a finalist for the award comes as the GSU men’s basketball team advances to the 2019 Toyota Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinals. 

The men’s team held on to a late lead on Tuesday, March 12 in a 59-52 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff to propel them into the tournament. 

The award is named after the late Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in 2007 while the head coach at Wake Forest. The award is presented annually to those who achieve success on and off the basketball court. 

Jackson has guided Grambling State to a winning record during going 34-29 during first two seasons at the helm. 

In jackosn’s tenure the Tigers have notched the first back-to-back winning seasons since 2004-2006.

Jackson was named Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year in his first season in 2018 after helping the Tigers to their first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) regular season championship since 1988-89. 

The recipient of the 2019 Skip Prosser award will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event in Minneapolis, the site of the 2019 NCAA Division I basketball championship. 

The Tigers are the fourth seed in the SWAC tournament and will meet top seed Prairie View A&M at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at the Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, Ala. 

The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.