Claflin University head men’s basketball coach Ricky Jackson was named Boxtorow 2017-18 Coach of the Year as announced by Boxtorow.
Senior Jaleel Charles was named to the Boxtorow All-America First Team.
Jackson led the Panthers to a 26-7 overall record (14-5 SIAC), their first SIAC Basketball Tournament Championship and to the semifinals of the NCAA South Regional. During the season, his team compiled a program-best 16-game win streak and closed the regular season with a six straight victories.
Jackson earlier was named the 2018 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outstanding Tournament Coach.
Charles averaged 13.8 points, eight rebounds, and 1.4 blocks during the 2017-18 season. He was named the 2018 SIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and to the 2018 SIAC All Conference first team.