Kevin Pottebaum, Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY – Briar Cliff men’s basketball’s Jackson Lamb has been named the male winner of the NAIA’s Emil S. Liston award. This award recognizes athletic and academic success and has been presented annually since 1950 to one junior men’s and one junior women’s basketball student-athlete.
Lamb was announced as the GPAC nominee for the award in June and was selected as the national selection at the NAIA National Awards Day. He will also be honored in March at the NAIA National Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
“This is a testament to all the role models in my life that I got to learn from,” Lamb said. “They’ve all pushed me to be my best and taught me that with hard work good things happen.”
Lamb, a Greenfield, Iowa native, is a biology student at Briar Cliff and holds a 3.92 cumulative GPA. After graduation, he plans to attend grad school to become a physician’s assistant. On the basketball court, Lamb has earned numerous accolades, including being named an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention last season. He has also earned first-team all-GPAC honors and won a GPAC championship as a freshman.
Lamb credits his success at Briar Cliff to the community he has within his team and the school as a whole.
“Briar Cliff gives you that support that you need to be able to succeed,” Lamb said. “My teammates are so close and I always have someone to go to the library with. We motivate each other to be the best we can be.”
In addition to his schoolwork and basketball, Lamb is also involved in other areas of campus and the community, as well as his church. Head coach Mark Svagera said Lamb is a leader for his team and the ultimate competitor.
“I speak for our entire program when I say that I’m incredibly proud of Jackson for being named the NAIA’s Emil S. Liston Award winner,” Svagera said. “Jackson epitomizes what it means to be a student athlete and has worked extremely hard both on the court and in the classroom to distinguish himself within our conference, and now nationally. We’re excited for Jackson to win this prestigious award, and more even more excited for what’s to come for him as a senior.”
The Emil S. Liston award is named in honor of the NAIA’s first executive secretary who was also a prime mover behind the men’s basketball tournament. The award comes with a $1,000 scholarship.