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Former Arizona Wildcats Keanu Pinder, Parker Jackson-Cartwright earn accolades overseas

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Two former Arizona Wildcats teammates are generating high recognition overseas.

Forward Arizona forward Keanu Pinder was named Most Improved Player of Australia’s National Basketball League, while ex-UA point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright was named MVP of Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga.

Pinder averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Cairns Taipans. He shot 54.8 percent for the season. Cairns finished the year 8-19 and missed the playoffs.

Pinder, a native of Derby, Western Australia, previously played for the NBL’s Adelaide 36ers.

Pinder’s Taipans squad has some Southwestern flair. His teammates include former Salpointe Catholic star Majok Deng and one-time Arizona target Stephen Zimmerman, who wound up playing one year at UNLV.

Jackson-Cartwright, who played with Pinder from 2016-18, averaged 19.3 points, 7.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds for the Telekom Baskets Bonn. PJC is racking up the trophies in Western Europe; in 2019-20 he was named Player of the Year of the British Basketball League and in 2020-21 he earned MVP honors for France’s LNB Pro B.

The latest award likely means a great deal to Jackson-Cartwright, who recently lost his father.

Telekom Baskets Bonn reached the Round of 16 of the Bundesliga playoffs.