**Co-Winner of Jack Moore Award as Nebraska Team MVP (2005)
**First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2004, 2005)
**Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll (2002, 2003, 2004)
**Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll (2003, 2004, 2005)
Entering his final season in a Husker uniform, Jason Dourisseau (pronounced Duh-ROO-so) will try to cap a solid career with another leap in production. The second-leading returning scorer from last year and the top returning career scorer for the Huskers, Dourisseau has the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive past defenders. He has shown a creative flair while working in traffic and his improved agility and strength will aid him in working in the lane and getting to the free throw line, where he took more attempts than any Husker last season.
Dourisseau will also try to continue his steady rise on the glass, where he became a productive force last year. He ranked second on the team in rebounding average in 2004-05 and was among the top 20 rebounders in the league for much of the year. Dourisseau's aggressiveness on the backboards rubbed off on the team as Nebraska led the league in rebounding margin and ranked second in rebounding offense.
Tied for the team lead with 24 career starts entering the 2005-06 season, Dourisseau will also take on an expanded leadership role in his senior campaign. After seeing action for three years in the rugged Big 12 Conference, Dourisseau's guidance will be valuable to the Husker newcomers, as nine NU players enter the campaign having never played a minute for the Huskers.
Dourisseau recorded his most productive season to date by ranking second on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg) and rebounding (5.1 rpg), both career highs. His effectiveness on offense and solid defensive play helped him earn co-team MVP honors, along with Joe McCray.
Despite missing four contests with an ankle injury, Dourisseau averaged 25.5 minutes per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor. His improved accuracy from the field helped him rank second on the team. He added 39 assists to rank fourth on the team, while committing 50 turnovers. Dourisseau entered the season with just 41 assists to his credit in his first two years combined. Dourisseau was also third on the team with 22 steals and led all Huskers with 102 attempts from the free throw line, 11 more than his career total entering the season.
Dourisseau opened the year on a high note as he poured in 17 points with eight rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He came back with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Texas Southern, the first double-double of his career. He was one of just four Huskers to record a double-double on the year.
Dourisseau finished the season with 11 double-figure scoring games, including eight in Big 12 Conference play. He posted a career high with 24 points against No. 3 Kansas, hitting 8-of-12 attempts from the floor to lead the Husker charge. He also hit 7-of-12 attempts from the free throw line against the Jayhawks while pulling down five boards – one of 12 contests with at least five rebounds – and tied his career high with three steals.
After suffering an injury at Baylor that held him out of the contest at Oklahoma, Dourisseau quickly returned to form as he chipped in double figures in his next three contests. During that stretch he recorded 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field in an upset of No. 4 Oklahoma State at the Devaney Center. Dourisseau came back in the next contest with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting while grabbing six boards to lead Nebraska past NCAA Tournament-bound Iowa State in Ames.
Off the floor, Dourisseau continued an impressive academic showing as he was named to the academic All-Big 12 first team for the second consecutive season. He also was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both semesters, giving him six honors in his career.
Dourisseau made solid contributions for the Huskers as a sophomore by averaging 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. The Omaha product continued to make improvements in several areas of his game and added 17 assists, 13 steals and five blocked shots during the campaign.
Dourisseau's scoring rose as a result of better shot selection. On the season he was second in field-goal percentage among Huskers with at least 25 games played. He hit 48.1 percent from the floor, an improvement of 13.1 percent over the previous season. Dourisseau's 3-point shot selection also improved as he took 30 fewer shots from long range but made three percent more of his attempts than the previous year.
After a slow start to the season, Dourisseau began to show signs of improvement against Delaware State when he produced nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor. Against Tennessee, he helped Nebraska pull away in the second half while finishing with six points and a career-high tying seven rebounds. Dourisseau made the national highlights on SportsCenter that evening, as the basket standard came crashing down following his dunk with
12:37 remaining. The basket gave NU its largest lead of the day at 50-26 (before hanging on for a 15-point victory) and sent the fans into an uproar.
Dourisseau continued his strong showing in the next game when he had his first double-figure scoring effort of the season against Bethune-Cookman. He hit 6-of-11 shots from the floor and both attempts at the line to score 14 points. Dourisseau added six rebounds against BCC, one of five contests with at least five boards.
Playing a season-high 27 minutes, Dourisseau had another productive game by pouring in 21 points against Lipscomb. He was solid from the floor as he hit 8-of-11 field-goal attempts, including a pair of treys, while draining all three free throw attempts. He added six boards and two steals.
Like the non-conference slate, Dourisseau started league action a bit slow but quickly picked up steam. His first impressive league outing came in the fourth contest when he was inserted into the starting lineup to help break Baylor's zone defense. Dourisseau accomplished his goal to the tune of 18 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes. He hit 7-of-12 field-goal tries, including 3-of-4 attempts from 3-point range.
Dourisseau excelled in the classroom where he was named to the first-team academic All-Big 12 squad, one of six Huskers to earn the honor. He was also selected to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters.
One of two freshmen – along with Wes Wilkinson – and one of just four Huskers to play in all 30 games, Dourisseau had a solid first season by averaging 4.9 points and 1.6 rebounds in 17.4 minutes of action per game. He shot 35.0 percent from the floor but hit just 23.9 percent from 3-point range and 55.3 percent from the foul line. Dourisseau added 24 assists on the campaign, and had 16 steals to rank fifth on the team.
Dourisseau scored in double figures four times during the season, including twice in NU's first four games. He had 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a season-high three 3-pointers against Ball State at the Top of the World Classic and followed with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in his first contest at home against Texas-San Antonio.
Dourisseau's best game of his young career came against Eastern Washington near the end of the non-conference schedule, when he had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting. He hit a pair of treys and added three rebounds and an assist in a season-high 33 minutes of action.
Down the stretch, Dourisseau's long-range shooting tailed off, as he hit just 2-of-21 3-point attempts over the last 12 games, but his rebounding and ball distribution picked up greatly. During that span, he had two of his best rebounding games of the season, including a season-high seven boards against Iowa State at home. Dourisseau added four assists and seven points against the Cyclones for one of his best all-around performances in league play.
Dourisseau was honored for his academic work as he was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both the Fall and Spring semesters.
Playing for Coach Gary Graner at Omaha Burke High School, Dourisseau averaged more than 17 points and seven rebounds as a senior, both of which were team highs. Dourisseau, who ranked among the top 175 recruits nationally by some publications, led the Bulldogs to the Nebraska Class A state semifinals in 2002. He helped Burke to a 17-5 final record before the Bulldogs fell in the semifinals to eventual state champion Grand Island and current teammate Wes Wilkinson.
Dourisseau finished his prep career in fine fashion, earning first-team all-state honors from several publications. He also earned academic all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star. Dourisseau was selected to play in the annual Nebraska-South Dakota All-Star Game and the Nebraska Coaches All-Star Game during the summer following his senior season.
As a junior, Dourisseau helped Burke to a 15-8 record and the state semifinals by averaging 16 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. He was a first-team all-state selection as a junior. During the summer, he helped his team to the title at the Mr. Basketball Invitational while earning MVP honors.
As a sophomore, he helped Burke finish with a 20-4 record and earned state tournament runner-up accolades.
The son of Richard and Geneva Dourisseau, Jason was born Dec. 7, 1983, and has one brother, Devin, and one sister, Dena. Jason is majoring in communication studies at Nebraska and is on track to graduate in May 2006. He was named to the honor roll every semester of high school and was a National Honor Society member. Jason chose Nebraska over Creighton, Iowa State and Saint Louis.