PARKER JACKSON-CARTWRIGHT has been named the BBL 2019/20 Player of the Year at the Basketball Journalists Association annual awards.

Jackson-Cartwright, pictured, who is the first Phoenix player to win the award, averaged 20.2 points and 7.4 assists per game in the BBL Championship

The 24-year-old scored 499 total points in all-competitions and also averaged a league-leading 3.7 steals-per-game for Phoenix in the league, accumulating four-plus on eight separate occasions.

Jackson-Cartwright’s season-high 31-point performance came against the Bristol Flyers at the beginning of February, while he tied the franchise record of 13 assists on two instances. He first achieved the remarkable feat against the London City Royals in the BBL Cup, before hitting that landmark again in Phoenix’s final game of the season against Manchester Giants.

“It feels good to win this award,” Jackson-Cartwright said in a statement given to the BJA.

“My hard work has certainly paid off, but I couldn’t have done it without my team-mates, coaching staff, and the support of the Nix Nation.

“I feel that Cheshire is a franchise moving in the right direction, building a winning culture and they always put the interests of the players first.

“I had a lot of fun playing in the blue and yellow threads this season.”

Former Nix centre, C.J. Gettys finished second in the voting with London Lions forward Ovie Soko in third.

Soko took the Pete Jacques BBL British Player of the Year, beating Surrey Scorchers’ Tayo Ogedengbe and Phoenix’s Ben Mockford, while Glasgow Rocks’ Vincent Lavandier was named Coach of the Year in the voting.

Jo Leedham-Warner was crowned Syd Lipski International Player of the Year, beating Great Britain team-mate Temi Fagbenle in the wake of their team’s astonishing run to the 2019 EuroBasket Women’s semi-finals.

The Ellesmere Port native averaged 11.6 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Turkish side Orman Genclik in the EuroCup Women this season.